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Old 05-13-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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privacy related questions

Does the new eBook store search send any information to booksellers about you and the contents of your calibre library? (I mean beyond basic information necessary to complete a search, like the book title you enter and your IP address.) Is there a plan to grant booksellers or advertisers any sort of access to the contents of calibre libraries?

Also, on startup, calibre checks for updates and (I think) transmits your current version for storage and analysis. Does it collect any other information? [Edit: question was humorously answered in this thread; answer is an unequivocal no.]

Edit: After some searching, I see that the developers of calibre were offended by a recent question about this issue. I have the greatest respect for everyone who contributes to the project, and I do trust the application and developers. Still, I am curious and thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.

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Old 05-13-2011, 03:52 PM   #2
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http://www.wireshark.org/ is your friend when you are trying to answer question like this.

But, I doubt there is any private info being sent. I doubt the start up even send your current version... it just asks the web site "what's the current version" and compares the response with the currently running version number.

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Old 05-13-2011, 04:00 PM   #3
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http://www.wireshark.org/ is your friend when you are trying to answer question like this.

But, I doubt there is any private info being sent. I doubt the start up even send your current version... it just asks the web site "what's the current version" and compares the response with the currently running version number.

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It sends a Unique ID (see the Calibre stats page), No other Identifying info.
The stats just counts 'Starts' for each system.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:39 PM   #4
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calibre will never send any information about the books you read to anybody.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:50 PM   #5
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Get books: Only sends the search query. IP address is also sent but that's a given. It doesn't even send your OS to the store. Unless you happen to use Gentoo Linux ;-)

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Old 05-13-2011, 04:54 PM   #6
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Edit: After some searching, I see that the developers of calibre were offended by a recent question about this issue. I have the greatest respect for everyone who contributes to the project, and I do trust the application and developers. Still, I am curious and thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.
I don't think there was any offense to the question itself, it was more that accusations were made that something was being hidden. The code is open and you are free to ask. The collected statistics that I know about are public:

http://status.calibre-ebook.com/recipe_stats
http://status.calibre-ebook.com/

I completely agree that it's reasonable to ask what's being sent, what's being kept, etc.
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If you want to know what's being sent, have a look at the source.
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