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Re: Right to privacy & client info strings

From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: Re: Right to privacy & client info strings
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 15:17:45 -0400
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ATD Hubbard, John wrote:

Failing to provide these sorts of options could conceivably result in people trafficking lot of semi-standard, hacked versions of cvs that don't encroach upon their privacy by default. Having seen public reaction to some similar mechanism that other vendors built into some of their products, my feeling is that this type of client behavior must be treated in a very careful sort of way, to avoid losing users.

I'm also talking about some pretty simple information. Client name & version perhaps. Platform I can see as invasion of privacy.

As near as I know, all the web browsers send a client name and version as part of the HTTP protocol. I haven't heard any objections to that.



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