GitLab has swiftly backtracked on plans to add telemetry services to track usage of its products.
VP of product Scott Williamson announced on 10 October that “to make GitLab better faster, we need more data on how users are using GitLab”.
GitLab is a web application that runs on Linux, with options for self-hosting or using the company’s cloud service. It is open-source, with both free and licensed editions.
GitLab customers and even some staff were not pleased. For example, Yorick Peterse, a GitLab staff developer, said telemetry should be opt-in and that the requisite update to the terms of service would break some API usage (because bots do not know how to accept terms of service), adding: “We have plenty of customers who would not be able to use GitLab if it starts tracking data for on-premises installations.”
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