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Disable 3rd party tracking on tjc

asked 2014-01-26 16:54:33 +0300

Zeppelin gravatar image

updated 2014-06-26 00:30:19 +0300

chemist gravatar image

Is there a way to disable the use of gravatar for the profile picture?
And instead upload an pic directly to together.jolla.com?

I'd like to extend this question to 3rd party tracking, on jolla sites, in general. Currently every user of this site is tracked by the following third parties:
- gravatar.com
- google-analytics.com
- google.com
- fonts.googleapis.com
- googleusercontent.com

- fonts.googleapis.com
- ajax.googleapis.com

- bootstrapcdn.com
- typekit.net
- google-analytics.com
- youtube.com
- facebook.com
- fonts.googleapis.com

(These information was gathered with the firefox addon RequestPolicy.)

I understand the need for website analytics, but since http://piwik.org/ offers this as self hosted opensource software, I do not understand the use of google analytics anymore...
Furthermore, for instance the use of an google cdn for just jquery (ajax.googleapis) is something i can not understand, since this could be hosted on the same server as the whole site.

To sum up, I'd like to request the removal of this 3rd parties from jollas sites.

Edit2: I forgot:
- fonts.googleapis.com
- googleusercontent.com
- typekit.net
- newrelic.com
- google-analytics.com

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Also, Gravatar is a privacy risk. At least make it opt-in.

Fuzzillogic ( 2014-01-26 17:32:31 +0300 )edit

How is Gravatar a privacy risk?

Bulder ( 2014-01-26 21:25:52 +0300 )edit

Gravatar is a black box, in which all requests for avatars are made. So it knows where you post something on the web. It’s also impossible to delete a gravatar account, according to their TOS

gordon ( 2014-01-26 21:33:21 +0300 )edit

Any linked third-party element is a privacy risk, as it can be used to track you. Gravatar is worse, as your (hashed) email address is sent to gravatar (yours as well), making it even easier for them to track you across the net.

Fuzzillogic ( 2014-01-26 22:25:48 +0300 )edit

@Bulder: To make it more explicit: According to the information given on https://together.jolla.com/faq/#gravatar, it seems that each time your gravatar would need to be shown, your hashed e-mail address is sent to gravatar.com (no matter, whether you have an account there and uploaded an image or not). This means, if some robot spiders Jolla2gether (or any other site using gravatar.com), they could work out, which pages are related to which hash ... and then put the individual strings together to find out more about you.

jgr ( 2014-01-27 02:09:41 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-06-26 08:21:41 +0300

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updated 2014-06-26 08:26:13 +0300

Regarding the 3rd party tracking, if you are using Chrome there is a very good privacy service called Disconnect ( https://disconnect.me/ ). You have the power to disable all the analytics, advertising, social and content requests that are received by any website.

The Jolla site gets nothing from me :-)

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If someone is miffed that I look after my privacy then so be it. The answer above was posted as an assistance to those that do not like providing an abundance of information to websites no matter who they are.

bmwebb ( 2014-07-02 03:18:16 +0300 )edit

I highly recommend "uMatrix", the best privacy add-on there is.

MeegoUser ( 2017-08-07 14:30:34 +0300 )edit
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