Caching gravatar on third-party website to avoid privacy issues

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    we are using gravatar on our website using a standard image link to This reveals the user’s email hash to the world, which these days isn’t much different from revealing the actual email. Revealing a user’s email goes against our privacy policy, even for a user that specifically chose to enable Gravatar.

    The most straight-forward fix for that is to cache the gravatar on our servers, and serve the image ourselves instead of publishing a gravatar link. But this seems to go against the [Gravatar TOS]( which states that third-party websites must “not copy, store or modify User Submissions”.

    So my question (finally !) is wether caching a gravatar request is acceptable or not. Maybe it is acceptable but with an upper time limit ? Or do you see another way of fixing the privacy issue ?



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