English and German Forums for YaCy: uncensorable, untraceable search engines and freedom of information.
luc hat geschrieben:Hi everyone,
I am sure some YaCy users once opened a browser console and had a look at the HTTP headers transmitted when opening a search result link. By the way if you do that you will see that the 'Referer' header sent to the visited website contains the full YaCy search URL including request parameters (at least with default major browsers settings, and except when your peer is requested with https and the target link is http...).
To my mind it can be quite an issue regarding privacy. Having a look at other major search engines related strategy, it looks like most of them redirect their search result links and take the opportunity to fill this header only with the search engine host name.
What about YaCy? I believe many users are not only concerned by decentralization but also privacy. So why not set that "Referer" header empty as default for P2P and web portal modes (in Intranet mode it probably makes sense to let it as it is), and add a configuration setting for those who still want to send this header filled (some rare websites may block visitors with an empty Referer header).
Technically I propose to add a "rel='noreferrer'" attribute to search results links in yacysearch.html. Eventually finer settings will become standard (see W3C Referer Policy Candidate Recommendation).
So what do you think about it? Where would you see that new configuration setting?
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