This is a proposal for a single, standard environment variable that plainly and unambiguously expresses LACK OF CONSENT by a user of that software to any of the following:
- ad tracking
- usage reporting, anonymous or not
- automatic update phone-home
- crash reporting
- non-essential-to-functionality requests of any kind to the creator of the software or other tracking services
We just want local software, and by providing it to us you are not entitled to our usage, our crashes, or our IP addresses.
Remember: in the right hands, an IP address is a physical location. If you would not collect your users’ GPS coordinates against their wishes, you should not be collecting their IP addresses against their wishes!