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Guidelines for Performing Safe Measurement on the Internet

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Document Type This is an older version of an Internet-Draft whose latest revision is Active
Authors Iain R. Learmonth , Gurshabad Grover
Last updated 2021-05-20 (Latest revision 2020-11-16)
Replaces draft-learmonth-pearg-safe-internet-measurement
Stream Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)
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Researchers from industry and academia often use Internet measurements as part of their work. While these measurements can give insight into the functioning and usage of the Internet, they can come at the cost of user privacy. This document describes guidelines for ensuring that such measurements can be carried out safely. Note Comments are solicited and should be addressed to the research group's mailing list at and/or the author(s). The sources for this draft are at:


Iain R. Learmonth
Gurshabad Grover

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