Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

Referrer Logs Are Identifying Information

Every time I read an entry on the Internet Governance Project blog, using the RSS feed displayed in LiveJournal, I'm greeted by the ticker shown on the right, identifying me by name.

Now, I'm not ashamed of reading Milton Mueller's posts, but it just seems a little less than optimal for a blog about Internet governance, including privacy issues, to be proclaiming to the world exactly who is reading what entry. It's certainly not in keeping with the principles expressed in their privacy statement--- the referrer information isn't being used for "the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Internet Governance Project Web site."

I'm still debating whether it is worth sending them a note.

Tags: internet, policy, privacy
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