The goal of this project is to measure and study the diversity of web browsers and establish statistical profiles of browser fingerprints. All of the data for the project will be collected in an anonymized form which ensures that it is not Personally Identifiable Information*, nor otherwise likely to lead to the identification or tracking of any web users.
*Personally identifiable information (PII) is any data that could potentially identify a specific individual.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to our website. In this policy, "we" refers to the INRIA researchers and students who are bound to keep information they receive confidential.
Information Gathered by the AmIUnique Website
For the needs of the research project defined here, AmIUnique collects anonymous data about theconfiguration of computers, operating systems, browsers and plugins. If you click the "View my fingerprint" button, thistype of information will be collected from your browser. Although these kinds of data may form a `fingerprint thatcould in principle be combined with information about page requests and identifying details in order to track peoplesbrowsing habits, we will never do so.
The specific `fingerprint information we collect is:
- the User agent header
- HTTP header sent to the server that contains information regarding your browser and operating system
- the Accept header
- HTTP header sent to the server that contains information regarding the type of media that are acceptable for the response
- the Connection header
- HTTP header sent to the server that contains specific options that are desired for that particular connection
- the Encoding header
- HTTP header sent to the server that lists the compression methods supported by the browser
- the Language header
- HTTP header sent to the server that indicates the preferred languages for the response
- the list of plugins
- the platform
- the cookies preferences (allowed or not)
- the Do Not Track preferences (yes, no or not communicated)
- the timezone
- the screen resolution and its color depth
- the use of local storage
- the use of session storage
- a picture rendered with the HTML Canvas element
- Rendering of a specific picture with the HTML5 Canvas element following a fixed set of instructions. The picture presents some slight noticeable variations depending on the OS and the browser used.
- a picture rendered with WebGL
- Rendering of specific 3D forms following a fixed set of instructions. The picture presents some slight noticeable variations depending on the device of the user.
- the presence of AdBlock
- Test to find out if the AdBlock extension is installed
- the list of fonts
- Flash attribute that gives the entire list of fonts installed on the operating system (flash.text.Font.enumerateFonts(true))
In addition to these data, we collect several kinds of `housekeeping information to assist us in analyzing the fingerprint data. The housekeeping information is:
- Encrypted IP addresses
Our practices and purposes for collecting these housekeeping records are discussed below:
AmIUnique sets a cookie that persists for 4 months for the purpose of determining how often browser characteristics change, andhow often they stay the same, when a browser returns over time. If your browser is configured to accept cookies, and you return toAmIUnique several times, the cookie will be used to link the data from your visits together so that we can study the natural evolution ofbrowser fingerprints.If you want to disable/enable browser cookies, click on the link below corresponding to your browser for instructions.You should be aware that entirely disabling cookies may block some interactive features on some websites (most notably, automatic logins).
Moreover, if you are interested in enabling/disabling Flash cookies, you can do so by visiting the following page:Manage Flash cookies
AmIUnique does not log IP addresses, but we do compute hashes of each IP address. This hashed IP will allow us to collect an anonymous datasetabout how often browsers that change IP address could have been followed using a fingerprint.
AmIUnique collects a "fuzzy" timestamp, rounded to the nearest hour, each time it is visited. This will be used to measure how fast browserfingerprints change, but for no other purpose.
Our Use of Information from AmIUnique
We will analyze the collected data in order to establish what are realistic profiles for browser fingerprints. The purpose of this analysis isto set an automatic procedure to proactively diversify user platforms in a realistic manner.AmIUnique has no Third-Party Service Providers.
Sharing of AmIUnique data
We may publish or share aggregated, statistical data from the AmIUnique project in order to facilitate privacy research, educate people aboutprivacy problems, and to aid in the development of privacy-enhancing technologies. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that AmIUnique doesnot produce any records about anyones browsing habits or the identities of any individual visitors, so we will never be in a position where wecould share any such records.
In a general way, INRIA commits to carry out technical and organizational means to protect all information we gathered against illegal orfortuitous destruction, fortuitous loss, alteration, diffusion or unauthorized access. Nevertheless, INRIA shall be required to divulgate anyinformation to comply with any applicable law or rules, or to respond to any administrative or judiciary order.
Although we make good faith efforts to store information collected in a secure operating environment, we cannot guarantee complete security. Information collected will be maintained for a length of time appropriate to the needs of this research project.