Why has Visitor IP been replaced with Viewer ID?
Thread poster: Roy Chacón

Roy Chacón  Identity Verified
Colombia
Member
English to Spanish
May 31

Where has the Visitor IP gone?

This was one very useful feature of the site! Let's you cross reference your visits with your bids, offers you receive, etc.

Viewer ID is a completely useless info.


 

Katalin Szilárd  Identity Verified
Hungary
Local time: 14:28
Member (2006)
English to Hungarian
+ ...
GDPR May 31

Roy Chacón wrote:

Where has the Visitor IP gone?

This was one very useful feature of the site! Let's you cross reference your visits with your bids, offers you receive, etc.

Viewer ID is a completely useless info.


Hi Roy,

The reason: due to strict implementation of the GDPR:

Jason Grimes wrote:

Hi folks,

As many of you have guessed, IP addresses are no longer disclosed in the profile visitor logs for privacy reasons, and particularly for GDPR compliance. The screenshot showing IP addresses in the analytics tool is out-of-date; I will get that updated.

Visitors' IP addresses are treated as personal data, just like names or home addresses, and therefore they can't be disclosed without permission.

Instead of IP address, a "pseudonymised" identifier is shown. It can identify unique visitors, without disclosing personal data about them. Samuel had it exactly right:

Samuel Murray wrote:
Sure, but I assume every IP address is now replaced with a unique visitor ID, which ProZ.com staff can still track back to an IP address. So instead of discovering that a certain IP address had visited your page 100 times, you'll now discover that a certain visitor ID will have visited your page 100 times, and you can still report it to staff.
directory searches, personal messages, CV downloading, etc).


I'm sorry for the inconvenience this causes to some people who relied on that information. I hope it's some consolation to know that your own privacy is being protected by these measures as well. Click here to learn more about the GDPR and ProZ.com.

Best regards,

Jason


You can read a thread about this here:

https://www.proz.com/forum/prozcom_profile_help/325574-is_this_for_real_no_ips_are_shown_any_more_but_codes.html

Bests,
Katalin


 

Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 14:28
Member
English to Italian
Geographical location Jun 3

Yeah, ProZ staff wrote one post in that thread after someone noticed the sudden (and unannounced) change and wrote about it, but no one replied to the repeated requests to have at least the indication of the country/city of origin for the now hidden IPs, since now ProZ is the only one who can do that, while before we could just run visitors' IPs through one of the many Whois services ourselves...

 


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