firefox, trackers and ghostery

Sajan Parikh sajan at
Wed Jul 17 11:23:01 UTC 2013

On 07/17/2013 06:07 AM, pete smout wrote:
> Hi,
> It is a Very important discussion to have (if not Ubuntu related) & 
> let us try and involve as many people as possible in this discussion! 
> As it affects everybody.
> And let us not make it personal, our web designer friend is doing a 
> perfectly logical thing, trying to improve their service. My big gripe 
> is what Google (and others) then do with the data they have gathered, 
> from millions of sites (the one site improving it 'offer' is fine), 
> but the data gathered by Google Analytics (for example there are 
> others!) is stored for years and not related to one site but lots and 
> why is it personalized ie the IP address stored, surely if it was only 
> to improve products and services offered anonymous data would give the 
> end user the same information (how many visits, what products were 
> viewed, even what browser was used on what system).
> Obviously there can be legit reasons for personalized data to be 
> viewed but this should be the exception rather than the norm.
> Pete
Hi Pete, I'll try to make a response to the overall post shortly. At 
work right now.  However the reason that Google can't provide the 
individual users insight into their own data is actually at the heart of 
my view of this.  It's because even they don't really know /who/ it is.  
To them, it's literally just an IP address.  They can't accurately put a 
name or email address to it, so there's no way for them to make this 
data viewable by you.  Perhaps that'll ease the minds of a few right there.

Also a quick response to a point about localized laws and regulations.  
I'd like to say that any and every point I've made, it's been a given 
that local laws and regulations take precedence.

Sajan Parikh
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