[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #43958: Pingbacks Trackbacks and Data Export/Deletion/GDPR

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Tue May 22 09:51:33 UTC 2018

#43958: Pingbacks Trackbacks and Data Export/Deletion/GDPR
 Reporter:  dshanske     |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal       |   Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  Privacy      |     Version:
 Severity:  normal       |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  gdpr close   |     Focuses:
Changes (by azaozz):

 * keywords:  gdpr => gdpr close


 > While sending a ping is a clear indication of permission for a site to
 link to you...

 Not exactly. It is an "invitation" for one site to link to another.
 Nothing in that indicates any personal data. Also, linking to someone's
 site is not "personal data" in any way. :)

 Another aspect to this is: how would you prove that you're the rightful
 "owner" of any of the information saved with a pingback or a trackback?
 This is a very very hard thing to do. Owning a domain name doesn't prove
 you own the website referenced by it. Owning the domain and the site
 doesn't prove you owned both of these when the pingback was made.
 Supplying some sort of logs still doesn't prove anything as they can
 easily be falsified.

 After all, sending information that belongs to one person to somebody else
 is a big violation of all privacy laws everywhere :)

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/43958#comment:4>
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