Avatar Privacy is a Wordpress plugin:
Avatars from Gravatar.com are great, but they come with certain privacy implications. You as site admin may already know this, but your visitors and users probably don’t. Avatar Privacy can help to improve the privacy situation...
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It is released under GPLv2 so there is no reason why it can’t be copied into ClassicPress core. It solves two privacy issues (1.) enables opt-in for using Gravatars when commenting and (2.) it caches the Gravatar images locally preventing visitor information from being shared with Automattic, with default images also stored and served locally.
Read-only archive: https://petitions.classicpress.net/posts/196/incorporate-avatar-privacy-into-core
Vote count: 6
Avatar should be thrown out from the core at all. It is a plugin’s area, the plugin should define you want to use an avatar, local avatars or any other method/service. Choices, not decisions!
Now, I have avatar’s functionality in the CP core an a plugin that disables this functionality. Why this mess?
Let’s keep core as lean as possible!
~ posted by Linas
This definitely needs to happen. Both for user privacy, and because the WP plugin now requires version 5.2+ (I’m on a stale version).
I don’t think it has the required functionality:
Admin setting allows only use of local avatars; prevents use of Gravatars; if user doesn’t upload their own avatar, a local default is used instead.
There’s no mention of proxying Gravatars being an option.