Re: [Resolverless-dns] Paper on Resolver-less DNS

"John Levine" <johnl@taugh.com> Sun, 18 August 2019 16:24 UTC

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From: "John Levine" <johnl@taugh.com>
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Subject: Re: [Resolverless-dns] Paper on Resolver-less DNS
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In article <fe3af997-096d-82e8-b9c5-7e6c17558514@informatik.uni-hamburg.de>; you write:
>The privacy problem is that a significant share of DNS resolvers monitor
>the users' online activities, aggregate these data in user profiles and
>use these profiles within behavioral advertising or share these user
>profiles with other parties. Here [1], you can find a comparative
>analysis of public DNS resolver privacy policies substantiating my claims.

I took a look at that paper, written by two grad students.  If I were
their advisor I would have handed it back to them and told them to
talk to some people who understand the topic so they could fix the
many painful factual errors.  They got the whole WHOIS GDPR fight
backward, and made the rather large leap assuming that every word in,
say, Google's generic privacy policy applies to queries to 8.8.8.8.
What does it mean to have an account with a DNS resolver?

I'm not saying that there are no issues, but this paper is not a
useful discussion of them.

R's,
John