kauricat (kauricat) wrote,

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I don't know how many of you are fanatical about your privacy, but if you are, this is for you.

LiveJournal has rolled out a change that has "enhanced" the feature that logs your IP address when you comment on a journal that has IP logging enabled. It will now, instead of just displaying your IP address, also display your location.

I have IP logging enabled on this journal because of the occasional spammer and because I have had issues with anonymous commenters. That is your notice that if you comment here, LJ is going to show me your location.

It is not retroactive; comments that were made prior to the change will not update with the location associated with the IP address.

I realize that a lot of people will not care about this, saying something like "Well, you already had the IP address, so if you wanted to, you could go look up their location anyway." This is true. However the new system removes that extra step. And it ALSO keeps track of where you have posted from. Like, if you get on a different computer or if you get on a different network, your comments will tell people that. You'll get a message like "From [IP address] (originally [IP address])," with the 'from' address being the current location and the original address being where you commented from at the time.

I have added my voice to the people who are asking LJ to roll back this particular invasive change. I don't like it.

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