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[Solved] What data does LibreOffice collect from user?

Postby Resmarohs » Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:55 pm

I really like this software and have been using it for years. And I doubt I would ever change it, but now I have this half-curious half-confused question.

I had issue with my Mac that resulted in forced shut down. After restarting, I got window due to LibreOffice still remembering last session. I was rather surprised of why does LibreOffice know my IP address. (The topic itself is here, but the question in there itself is solved)
https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question ... ird-party/

So if someone can help me with my question: what kind of personal data does LibreOffice collect? If it knows my IP address. Is the text and other data inside documents private or is that also considered under LibreOffice's interest?
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Re: What data does LibreOffice software collect from user?

Postby Villeroy » Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:55 pm

This is the only one I'm aware of:
menu:Tools>Options>LibreOffice>General
[X] Collect usage data
As far as I know, it sends information about which components and commands are used how often without sending personal data.

https://help.libreoffice.org/Common/Gen ... ibreOffice
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Re: What data does LibreOffice software collect from user?

Postby Resmarohs » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:09 am

Villeroy wrote:This is the only one I'm aware of:
menu:Tools>Options>LibreOffice>General
[X] Collect usage data
As far as I know, it sends information about which components and commands are used how often without sending personal data.

https://help.libreoffice.org/Common/Gen ... ibreOffice


Hello and thank your answer!

Hm... could it be Libre Office software in my Mac knows my IP for some reason, but doesn't send it to company?
By commands, You mean "copy, paste, cut" but not what exactly is typed or copy-pasted?
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Re: What data does LibreOffice software collect from user?

Postby robleyd » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:27 am

As to the IP address, I'd guess that is stored in the user .lock file.

@Villaroy can you confirm this as you have LO? I know that AOO doesn't store IP in the user .lock file; this is the content of mine.

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[Lockdata]
User=huntsman
Host=studio.home.net
Stamp=B0615AA2252EDCB615F96FDDAEC673C4
Time=Fri Dec  2 21:49:55 2016
IPCServer=true
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Re: What data does LibreOffice software collect from user?

Postby floris v » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:56 am

Same for me; host lists computer name. MAybe it lists the ip address on Macs?
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Re: What data does LibreOffice software collect from user?

Postby Villeroy » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:44 pm

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[Lockdata]
User=andreas
Host=andreas-ThinkPad-W510
Stamp=5BDB829B7E15CBEAFC267718EF8B3CE2
Time=Sat Dec 17 12:33:09 2016
IPCServer=true

The host name is the network name within our own local network.
The stamp is another hex number every time I start the office.
For IPC see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter-pro ... munication

Same info as in .openoffice/4/.lock
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Re: What data does LibreOffice software collect from user?

Postby Resmarohs » Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:00 pm

Thank you for the help!

Looking at the message I got during the Mac error that I discovered it, Libreoffice said "LibreOffice on host [ip adress and my ISP provider]
IP address and provider name changed: (56765355673.cable.ISPname.com)
So it knows host and in this case, host name is my ip address combined with my ISP provider? That's possible?
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Re: What data does LibreOffice software collect from user?

Postby MrProgrammer » Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:23 pm

floris v wrote:Maybe it lists the IP address on Macs?
I have this in my Mac's .lock file. I use a router. The host name is taken from my Computer Name setting on the  → System Preferences → Sharing panel. There is no IP address in the file nor is the Internet Service Provider's name used.

[Lockdata]
User=MrProgrammer
Host=MrProgrammerMac.local
Stamp=6B9C026277676F6660666762A57C48FB
Time=Fri Dec 16 21:27:42 2016
IPCServer=true

That's a rather strange date layout.
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Re: What data does LibreOffice software collect from user?

Postby Resmarohs » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:51 pm

Thanks guys! Guess it's just software being bit strange in how it names things. I'll stop worrying about it. :D
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