Collection of personal user information

  • Does the Opera development team (marketting, head office, etc) collect any personal user information such as sites visited, information downloaded, etc.

  • OMenu > About Opera > click on "Privacy Policy".

  • Opera should nopt collect any personal inforamtion from users unless they agree to it. Other browsers don't. Why does Opera?

  • Other browsers don't.

    Oh you sweet summer child...

  • Opera should nopt collect any personal inforamtion from users unless they agree to it.

    The thing is, you do agree to it (the Terms Of Service) when you click that 'Accept and Install' button when installing Opera.

  • Opera should nopt collect any personal inforamtion from users unless they agree to it. Other browsers don't. Why does Opera?

    Opera does not collect any personal user information such as sites visited, information downloaded, etc, I don't know from where you got that from.

  • But Opera does have the computer IP adress. In this age that the same thing as user information. Why does Opera need to have the computer IP adress?

  • For real? Cause the internet works with IP addresses.

  • tgarden, the United States Post Office has your physical home address and they are part of the government! Seal Team 6 is already on the way to your location!

    Seriously, how do you expect the web browser to receive information if it can't tell the websites where to send that information to? Its like telling someone to call you back and then refusing to give them your phone number.

  • @tgarden... think it through. Your IP address is your return address for going out on the web. When a site you visit sends you back information to display on your screen, it has to route it via your IP address back to you. Whenever you go anywhere on the web, you notify the target of your IP address. Please don't let paranoia take over due to lack of knowledge... make efforts to learn how things work with the Internet. ;)

  • Opera ASA does not collect the information - it only channels it to the NSA*:D*

  • Oh, I'm sure that unless you're using Turbo (and probably even then) the NSA doesn't need Opera's help.

    There is an option under Settings > Privacy to send Opera feature usage information ... which you can of course disable. Opera also includes an anti-phishing and anti-malware feature which will submit your visited URLs to a service to see if they are listed as unsafe, but they do not keep records of that. (And Opera is not the only browser to do such a check.)

  • Think it through you say. What an astute response. I was asking why user information needs to be collected; it is as easy as collecting the IP address, which you brilliantly pointed out that it needs to do so. Of course it does. I was asking rhetorically 'why doeas Opera need to collect 'traffic' information.

  • Traffic information would be used by Opera to improve the browser. They would use it to see how people use the browser and where to focus development and improvements. It is also used to identify which websites are malicious so they can warn users who might not otherwise be able to tell.

  • It'd be nice of it to be optional: like

    Would you like to participate in our usage survey? It's needed to improve the browser, and your partaking will be appreciated.
    To see how we handle your data and what data we collect, proceed here.

  • That is a good comment. Will the Opera staff listen to this suggestion? We could send money in envelopes.

  • When installing Opera, click on options and uncheck the option to send usage info.

  • When installing Opera, click on options and uncheck the option to send usage info.

    Exactly. What the hell are your guys making a fuss about here? There's nothing to complain about...
    Opera is not collecting any personal data and you can opt out of any anonymous usage data, too.

  • I guess if the data's not going anywhere else, it's nice of me to allow them to have it. I didn't pay any money for what they gave me - so why not give something? :P

  • If the product is free to you, you are the product.

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