Can BOTS see members IP address?

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Can BOTS see members IP address?

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reading the purpose of this extension got me thinking, can bots (google/bing etc) see the ips of any forum members when they crawl the forum ?
not sure how this pertains the the data privacy act if this is so ?
i've tried searching here on PHPBB and with google, but failed to find any releant info on the subject.
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Re: [3.2][3.3][RC] IP Address Deletion

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focp wrote:
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:04 pm
can bots (google/bing etc) see the ips of any forum members when they crawl the forum ?
A bot can only see what it has permission to see (assuming that you use the phpBB permission system to control bot activity) - so basically if a guest cannot see an IP address of a member then a bot should not be able to see it.
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Re: [3.2][3.3][RC] IP Address Deletion

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thanks,
permissions for bots are set as- profile/can view profiles/memberlist/onlinelist all set to never,
so the bots should be unable to see any members info, other than their username, as far as i can see,
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Re: Can BOTS see members IP address?

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I don't think anyone other than admins and moderators can see any IP addresses of any other members.


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Re: Can BOTS see members IP address?

Post by thecoalman »

If you want to test what bots can see install a user agent switcher on your browser. There should be extension for this on any browser. Clear cookies, browsing data etc and switch to the bots user agent.

With one exception the only place I'm aware of the IP is displayed is on pages only accessible to moderators and admins AFAIK. The exception is the who's online list and that uses switch:

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<!-- IF user_row.USER_IP -->  //html with IP  <!-- ENDIF -->
The php script is going to determine if the user has permissions, moderator or admin and will set that variable to display it if they have permissions to see it.

I do not know what extension is being discussed but if it were used to display the IP on posts for example the same thing can be done there.
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