Guidelines for Performing Safe Measurement on the Internet

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Author Iain Learmonth 
Last updated 2019-06-07 (latest revision 2019-05-16)
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Researchers from industry and academia will often use Internet measurements as a 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:


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