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Privacy Bug: Network Request During Launch of Photo

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Each time I launch Affinity Photo (1.4 from App Store) it seems to do a network request in the background to "s3-1.amazonaws.com" over port 443 (https).

 

I don't think this is necessary (at least I don't see a reason), I also didn't find an option to disable this behaviour.

 

Note: I do not show the "Welcome" screen during launch (so there's no reason to fetch example graphic files either)


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Hi,

 

The network connection is because Photo will download an updated list of compatible PS plugins each time it starts up - and the file is hosted on Amazon S3.

 

No personal information is sent - in fact nothing is sent other than the HTTP GET request for the file.

 

I agree though - there should be an option for it..

 

Thanks,

 

Andy.

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I see, thanks for the information.  :)

 

 

My suggestion:

  •  If user has no Photoshop plugins configured, don't do a network request at all
  •  When user configures Photoshop plugins for the first time (adds a folder in the settings or something), offer him/her an opt-in and inform him transparently (inkl. short notice about what info is sent over the network/ aka privacy notice) about the possibility of auto-updates of the plugin compatibility list (option probably could be combined with the "Allow 'Unknown' plugins to be used" option, I guess)
  •  If users has opted in, only do additional network requests when the user makes further changes (e.g. versions of plugins in the configured folders change or new plugins get added)

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