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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] Anonymisation of public data

On 26/04/2018 09:02, Mickael Istria wrote:
Hi Boris,
hi Mickael,

Is this a requirement, at this point, to make it impossible to retrieve the original stream for anyone?
Well.. This could be discussed. The supposed stakeholder for this requirement is the community, so that's *you* guys. Technically it's, of course, not a problem to keep the key in a safe place -- excepted there is no such thing as a safe place, as some may say. I could be hacked, and people at the EF could be too.

I understand that the providing anonymous dataset is interesting as you explained, but what couldn't you or Eclipse Foundation keep the private RSA key safely to decode the id if you find some unexpected patterns? If you make id anonymous and find a set of id which have a strange correlation and that you'd like to explain, wouldn't it be helpful to decode the id and find out who are the individuals behind it to better understand the cause of the correlation or even set up chats with selected contributors to better understand their practices?
Good point. Well, the research community doesn't have much interest (AFAICT) in identifying people personally. This could make sense in the context of the eclipse community, if that's what we all want.

I'm quite sure there are a few people highly concerned with privacy in this list, hence my question in this place. If it's considered acceptable to keep the key, I'm ok with that.

My 2c (or maybe even less ;)
Thank you very much for the feedback, Mickael.

Have a colourful day! :-)


Mickael Istria
Eclipse IDE <> developer, for Red Hat Developers <>

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