[JIRA] Commented: (SNOW-451) Google is requesting that a new IP Address parameter be added to the Translator URL used in Snowglobe

Thickbrick Sleaford (JIRA) no-reply at lindenlab.cascadeo.com
Wed Jan 20 09:48:32 PST 2010

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Thickbrick Sleaford commented on SNOW-451:

I don't think the userip= parameter makes any sense in the chat translation implementation in Snowglobe. The http requests to the google service are only being done from the user's IP address anyway, not from the sim. So it *is* an "end-user request."

> Google is requesting that a new IP Address parameter be added to the Translator URL used in Snowglobe
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SNOW-451
>                 URL: http://jira.secondlife.com/browse/SNOW-451
>             Project: 6. Second Life Snowglobe - SNOW
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Source Code 
>    Affects Versions: Snowglobe 1.2
>            Reporter: Ferd Frederix
> Google is now asking for the end user IP address to be added as a URL parameter.  I received an email notification of this this today which pointed me at http://googleajaxsearchapi.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-parameter-for-server-side-api-calls.html  Specifically, they added a new parameter, userip=192.X.y.z, so that they can tell legitimate end-user requests from server generated requests. 
> They state: "This argument supplies the IP address of the end-user on whose behalf the request is being made. Requests that include it are less likely to be mistaken for abuse. In choosing to utilize this parameter, please be sure that you're in compliance with any local laws, including any laws relating to disclosure of personal information being sent."
> This is not a TOS violation because the Snowglobe translator already exposes the end users' IP to Google.   
> I am filing it here in Snowglobe,  because scripted translators need to use an API key like my Ferd's Free Translator (which also has written permission from Google Bands to be used in Second Life), and they cannot expose the end users IP address since they do not have access to it.
> My guess is that Snowglobe does not use a API Key, so this parameter should be added to prevent Google from blocking Snowglobe users.

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