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When we try to download Netbeans or Virtualbox from the Oracle/Sun site, our firewall warns us that some suite called EdgeSuite tries to obtain information from our machines. I don't know what information it is gathering, but I can't download any of them because our firewall categorizes its actions as a violation of privacy.

Is the firewall correct? Does Oracle gather information from your machine when you download Netbeans or Virtualbox? If yes, what information is gathered?

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I'm not sure this is the right place either. I'd suggest contacting Sun/Oracle. A Wiki search for EdgeSuite points to the Akamai Technologies article: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/5056061#5056061 –  Iszi Jun 21 '12 at 18:34
    
I agree with Iszi: start by contacting Oracle. You might also check the Oracle privacy policy. –  D.W. Sep 2 '12 at 0:12
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EdgeSuite (sub-domains of edgesuite.net) is a service of Akamai : http://www.akamai.com. Many important companies use Akamai & EdgeSuite network capabilities to host files : Sun/Oracle, Apple, Adobe, etc. Take it as a mirror site with high network capabilities ;)

Does it try to get information about your computer?

If you download products via your browser via HTTP or FTP: the server won't be able to get a lot of informations, only what your browser exhibits (browser's codename, OS name, ...).

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But note that the browser actually exhibits quite a lot: see Panopticlick. –  Tom Leek Sep 2 '12 at 14:44
    
All the links fo Akamai that uses this !@#$ EdgeSuite are blocked inside my organization (university) because of a firewall rule. So it try to take more information than any other site. Therefor it's still a disrespect. –  tenshimsm Sep 2 '12 at 16:09
    
It doesn't take more informations than any other website. Your network admin (or the proxy/security software) probably thinks EdgeSuite is a download site. So, he black-listed this domain to preserve your university Internet bandwidth ;) If your admin is intelligent, he will be able to understand it is a legit website. –  Jonathan Lermitage Sep 2 '12 at 17:58
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