This document describes
how the Eclipse Foundation will treat the data provided by
individuals and organizations through the Eclipse Usage Collector.
- A unique id is
generated for every workstation (or Eclipse workspace) that submits
data using the Usage Data Collector. This session id is transmitted every
time data is sent to the Eclipse Foundation.
- The Eclipse
Foundation does not intend for the Usage Data Collector to collect
information that can uniquely identify you as an individual.
However, it may inadvertently collect information that is included
in plug-in names, which information may identify an individual or
- The data that is
being collected relates to how you are using Eclipse and any
third-party plug-ins that you have added to your Eclipse workspace.
This includes, but is not limited to, information on plug-in names,
version numbers, length of time spent in a specific editor/view or
perspective, actions and commands that you invoked, etc. You can
imagine it to be similar to "click stream" data that is
collected at certain web sites.
- The Usage Data Collector
may collect and transmit the country where you are located. You
may also optionally specify general demographic information.
Uses of the Information
- The Eclipse
Foundation may, in its sole discretion, make available to
organizations and individuals, on a case-by case-basis, the data
that it collects through the Usage Data Collector, whether in raw or
- The Eclipse
Foundation will publish summary reports based on the data obtained.
These reports will be made available in machine readable format that
will allow individuals and organizations to undertake further
- Potential uses of
the summary reports may include, but not limited to: 1) Eclipse
project committers who want to better understand how individuals are
using their projects, 2) usage of Eclipse projects and third-party
Eclipse plug-ins, and 3) an estimate to the number of individuals
using Eclipse. It is expected that the summary reports and raw data
may be used for other purposes that we have not envisioned at this
point in time.
the Usage Data Collector
- With your
permission, the Usage Data Collector will periodically transmit your usage
data to the Eclipse Foundation. The first time it attempts to
transmit the data, you will be requested to grant permission of
transmission. If you decline the request, the Usage Data Collector will
stop functioning, until you decide to re-enable it. If you grant
permission, you will have the option of allowing the Usage Data Collector
to automatically transmit data without further interaction or to
request your permission each time it attempts to transmit data.
- You can choose to
limit the range of plug-ins on which the Usage Data Collector collects
information. You may limit the list of plug-ins to be only those
that are provided by the Eclipse Foundation. In addition, you may
exclude plug-ins that include a specific text string in their name.
To limit the range of plug-in, go to the "Usage Data Collection | Preview"
page in the workspace preferences and add one or more filters.
- At anytime, you
may view the data that is being collected. To view your current
information, go to the
"Usage Data Collection | Preview" preferences page.
- After providing
your initial permission, you may discontinue use of the Usage
Monitor by turning off the "Enable Capture" checkbox
on the "Usage Data Collection" preferences page.
If you have any questions or would like additional information about the Eclipse
Usage Data Collector, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.