I wanted to ask if Mail in a Box would ever consider collecting data about users. Now, I know the whole point about mail in a box is privacy, but I also wanted to know if it would be dishonest or privacy-invasive if we collected data about boxes. It would be very specific data. I’m thinking about a few of the following:
*When MIAB is downloaded
*The fact that MIAB started to install on a box (no specifics, just an IP address and time)
*The fact that MIAB install failed on a box (no specifics, just an IP address and time)
*The fact that MIAB install succeeded on a box (no specifics, just an IP address and time)
*The fact that an email was sent from a MIAB box (no specifics, just an IP address and time)
*The fact that an email was sent to a MIAB box (no specifics, just an IP address and time)
Now thinking about it, the last two might be a bit much, since one could correlate time, IP, frequency with organizations, maybe have concerns about that. Maybe MIAB could use the Tor network to connect to a MIAB analytics server, and get/save a unique key that isn’t attached to an IP address, so we can get some understanding of the user-base without specifically getting into people’s business. I’m thinking to further protect anonymity to users, we could also send the amount total in a week, so it can’t be tracked per-second, per-hour, per-day, but just a total for a week?
I don’t know, it would be interesting to know how many emails MIAB has delivered, how many boxes are running MIAB right now, how many installs, but on the other hand, privacy is always a good thing. Now, I know that there is some math/computer science/data magic people can do to get bits and pieces of meta data to correlate who a user is. The more generic the data is, the less curiosity we can fulfill, but the more private someone is. The other concern is that someone could just be spamming intentionally false data to a server, and there could be little to no way to filter the good data from bad data. I imagine the infrequent install/finish/fail, since it’s like only once, it shouldn’t be much of a privacy issue.