Last Modified: 2018-06-14
DSGVO / GDPR
Information for Podcasters / Users of Podlove Publisher – What User Data is used or accessible to other services?
If Tracking/Analytics is enabled, user IP addresses are used to determine their geographic location. IP addresses are not saved, but anonymized and then hashed together with the User Agent to generate a
request_id, which is saved. The User Agent is saved as well but cannot be connected to the user since the user IP is never saved.
This information aims to inform you, the user of Podlove Publisher.
If you are using Podlove Publisher Tracking/Analytics, an update to version 2.7.5 or higher is recommended.
Tracking uses a
request_id to be able to determine when two requests came from the same user and should be counted as one unique access. This
request_id is a has made of the request IP address and user agent. Unfortunately it is not possible to anonymize IP addresses without skewing download statistics. However, since the request IDs are only used for grouping in the same hour, they can be anonymized after a day without losing tracking accuracy. Once a day, all
request_ids older than 24 hours are salted in a way that makes it impossible to restore the original IP address.
Second, you need to deal with the existing
request_ids. There is a new "DSGVO" section under "Tools" with a button that will rehash all existing
request_ids with a randomly generated salt. That way it will become unfeasible to determine the original IP address but your analytics will stay the same.
In case you have a lot of downloads (let's say much more than 50.000), you may want to do this via command line because that will be much quicker than via the tools section. You need wp-cli, then simply call
wp eval 'podlove_rehash_tracking_request_ids();'. On a multisite, pass the blog id as a parameter:
wp eval 'podlove_rehash_tracking_request_ids(42);'.
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Podlove Publisher tracks download statistics. IP adresses are used to determine an estimated geographic location (city or state level).
IP addresses are stored temporarily (up to 48 hours) as part of a request id. This is necessary because the podcast owner needs to know how often episodes are downloaded to prove the viability of her/his endeavours.
To determine a realistic download number, the system must be able to recognise repeated access to the same file by the same user. The only reliable way to achieve this is by considering the IP address in combination with the User Agent. Using an anonymised IP address is not possible because it would lead to wrong results. An access to the same file by the same user on different days can be considered separate downloads, therefore it is necessary to store IPs for only up to 48 hours.
After 48 hours request ids are salted in a way that makes it impossible to restore the original IP address.
The User Agent is stored as well.