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#5040 closed defect (invalid)

wp.com tracking wp.org visitors

Reported by: jsmoriss Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
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The following script is included in https://translate.wordpress.org/ webpages:

<script type='text/javascript' src='https://stats.wp.com/e-202008.js' async='async' defer='defer'></script>

Why is wp.com allowed to track wp.org visitors?

This should not be allowed.


Change History (4)

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core-privacy by carike. View the logs.

14 months ago

#2 @Otto42
14 months ago

That's the standard Jetpack Site Stats module. W.org uses Jetpack. Some of the sites on the system have stats enabled so that we can get information about their usage.

#3 @jsmoriss
14 months ago

That does not answer the question as to why wp.com is allowed to track users on wp.org.

Is there no separation between wp.org and wp.com?


#4 @Otto42
14 months ago

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

Because we sometimes track users on wp.org using the services provided to us by WordPress.com. We also use Google Analytics as well as other tools from time to time.

Is there a separation? Yes. Is it a big one? No, not really. Automattic provides us with services, help in the form of manpower, and even hosting. Who do you think pays for the servers and the bandwidth? It ain't donations.

So yes, we thankfully accept Automattic's assistance and use their services, and servers, on an as-needed basis.

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