anonymity?


#1

Hi, I have an older Pi and all the stuff needed laying around and was thinking of throwing together a Flight Tracking node.

What do I give up in terms of Privacy and anonymity?

I guess the IP address location is a given, but I don’t see that as too onerous though as it is pretty granular.

Anything else I should be considering before assembling the node and elevating this account?

Thanks
Berry


#2

Your username will be shown in stats (and optionally your name on your account). We don’t publish your IP, but the approximate location (within a few km) is available on the map. We’re working on a way to let users decide how exact your location should be.


#3

OK, thanks for the quick reply.

I am OK with the user name in stats, but how do I not have my account name included? Is that something I can set up when activating the node or what/here?

Any time-frame on the location thing then? Not overly concerned with that but it sounds like a good option.


#4

Look on your account page under option #3
flightaware.com/account/manage


#5

And if you are really freaked out you can enter “John Doe” for your name. FA isn’t doing SS# background checks to establish a log in or anything. You IP is accessible to plenty of people in the wild.

It’s all good. Welcome.


#6

Hi, I have connected to FA from a hotel internet access without logging in, and when looking at my station info, the position was exactly the one I have given. Is this normal?


#7

The position is not derived from your IP.