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Re: DEP 8: Gathering Django usage analytics

On Mon, Nov 07, 2016 at 06:05:18PM +1100, Brian May wrote:
> https://github.com/django/deps/pull/31

If I understand this correctly, Django wants to gather usage
statistics from installed Django instances, in a way that they say
respects user privacy (though I failed to understand how, given a
quick read). They claim this information gathering is necessary for
them to sustainably get funding for Django development.

Reporting the fact that a site uses any particular software is,
itself, a privacy violation.

I'd prefer Django didn't do this, or the Debian packages enable it,
unless it's opt-in by sysadmins installing Django and also each user
using a site built on top of Django whose use is going to be reported.
All types of "call home" should be strictly opt-in.

It's a very sad situation if free software projects have to compromise
on privacy to get funded.

I want to build worthwhile things that might last. --joeyh

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