About encryption of referrers in Yandex

    In December last year, in a post on Habré, we announced that we had begun an experiment to encrypt the request text in the referer field in order to protect user privacy. We systematically expanded this experiment and by February the share of encrypted data reached 30% of requests. The time that has passed since the announcement, we hope, has enabled webmasters to reorient themselves to other ways of assessing the interests of the user. Starting today, we are starting to encrypt referrers for all 100% of the request flow.

    Statistics of search queries for your sites in the Metrica and the service for webmasters is still available in full.

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