Methods and/or means to allow users to better control access to their data used by a web app

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Something's changed in my profile picures setting, and it seems as it can be seen by public - can't change it!

I have always had my pictures set to high privacy settings, but now I noticed that if I view it as "public" I can see my profile picture album. When I go to the album itself, is says "you can change ...
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Can I find out if a survey on SurveyMonkey is anonymous?

SurveyMonkey surveys can optionally be made "anonymous", preventing respondents' email and IP addresses from appearing in the survey results. As a respondent, how can I verify that a survey has been ...
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Does Gmail leak the contents of my email via ads?

I have assumed for some time that de facto Gmail leaks information about the contents of my email. Having just read a related question, I'm wondering if my assumption is correct. Suppose, for ...
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In Gmail, will merging contacts with phone numbers and contacts with G+ profiles violate their privacy?

Ever since I started using Google+, it has added the people in my G+ circles as new entries to my Gmail contacts. The only information, apparently, in these new contact entries, is those people's G+ ...
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Pastebins (web apps that allows posting snippets of texts) that allow registered users to opt to not include their usernames on specified pasted texts

Are there any Pastebins that will allow registered users to opt to not include their usernames on specified pasted texts? I know I can post as an unregistered user, but I want the management and ...
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Concealing IP address when sending via Gmail on another device

Normally when you send an email via Gmail's web interface, your IP address is not revealed in the Received: headers. However, if you configure a device such as the iPhone to send mail via Gmail's SMTP ...
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How do I not show my real name when commenting in a Google Doc, while signed in to my Gmail account?

I have a Gmail account and it has my real name on it. I don't know how to keep everyone from seeing my real name if they visit my account. I also do not know how to keep people from seeing my name ...
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Facebook - Likes hidden in timeline visible in stream?

If I like any page on Facebook, it will normally automatically appear on my timeline and my friends will be able to see this on my profile and in their news feed. Now I have hidden the tab 'likes' and ...
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How can I determine if I can trust a company with my information?

We all know that we should be careful about what kind of information we put online. However, some applications exist purely to store some critical information like Basecamp, Google Apps, Mint, etc. ...
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How do you prevent friending activity from showing up Facebook timeline? [closed]

I can't figure out how to do this, and the question isn't answered.
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Changing privacy settings of a Facebook Group from secret to public

How do I make the privacy of a Facebook Group that is currently set to "secret" as "public"? I first created this group but could not make it public due to the business nature. I want to make it ...
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Facebook shows me as online even if I turned off chat. How can I be offline in Facebook?

I never use Facebook Chat. It's always turned off. But I realized that it shows me as online (green dot) to my friends even if it's turned off. Is there any way to be offline in Facebook? I don't ...
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How do I make a Facebook Page public?

I have a page that I administer and I want to make it public so I (or anyone) can go to facebook.com/MyBusinessNameIsAwesome And they will be able to see the page even if they're not logged in to ...
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Is there any way for me to disable my activity from appearing on the new right column on Facebook?

In the most recent Facebook change, they introduced a side bar on the right of the screen with every action my contacts make. From commenting on other statuses (even in statuses belonging to their ...
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Does LinkedIn access my cookies and Google search history for its suggestions? [closed]

LinkedIn seems to suggest people I may know. I believe, or it's my hypothesis, that LinkedIn scours information located in the cookie files on my computer and in some way accesses the information that ...
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Hide my Twitter followers

For privacy reasons, I don't want everyone to be able to see who follows me on Twitter. How to do? I am OK with removing all of my followers if it is the only solution, but I hope there are more ...
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How to disable adding real name to the from field when sending messages in Gmail?

When I email somebody (that is using whatever e-mail service of his own) using Gmail the recipient can see both my (the sender) e-mail address and real name like Ivan Smith ...
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How can I prevent the posts of friends of Friends from showing up in Facebook?

How can I prevent the posts of friends of Friends in Facebook? I really don't care to see all the garbage some of these people post.
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Limit access to certain Facebook photo albums

I know it is possible to define groups of friends. But how do I allow/exclude groups to see a photo-album ? Is it possible?
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List based privacy setting in Facebook

I am able to create lists in Facebook. Is it possible to apply a set of privacy setting for each list?
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How can I keep my Facebook group membership private?

How can I make it so that people who aren't my friends on Facebook can't see which groups I'm in? This is similar to this question, but not quite. The linked question asks about keeping things ...
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How to hide all posts from timeline in Facebook

Is there any way to remove all of my previous post from my Facebook timeline? Or remove all activities from a Facebook app with a single click?
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Prioritize Facebook privacy between lists that are locked and not locked

I can set privacy settings no problem but I cannot find any reference to priority of privacy settings in Facebook. That is, I have someone in a locked down list I also want to add them to a ...
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Can't comment on Facebook friend's page

I have a friend on Facebook. I can see his wall and his profile, and comments on items in his profile. But I cannot comment on those items. Our mutual friends can, though. Is there a privacy setting ...
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Is it supposed to be possible to share hidden pictures of another user?

I was browsing pictures of a friend on Facebook. This friend has their privacy settings configured so that you have to be a friend to view them. I'm not able to share them, and even if I open a pic, ...
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Block all non-friends on facebook

Is there any way to block all non-friends on facebook? Well, I know of a profile which can't be viewed by any non-friends at all? Why is it behaving that way? Is it because it is about to deleted by ...
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Controlling what fields of a Facebook profile are public

How can I control exactly what fields of my Facebook profile are private? All I can see under privacy settings are broad controls to let friends or friends or friends see your account details. What ...
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How can I stop Facebook from knowing when I've seen a post?

There is a new feature I just found out about: Facebook publicizes when I've viewed a post on a group page. I'm not sure whether this is just for group pages or on friends either, but I'd like to be ...
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Request IP logs from Twitter

According to the privacy section at Twitter, it seems that the IPs used for access are logged Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, the referring domain, pages ...
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Facebook privacy settings

Months ago I customized my privacy settings so that some of my Facebook friends wouldn't be able to see my future posts. Yet, one friend I specifically put under "don't share this with" category liked ...
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Is there a way to allow Facebook friends to view, but not to comment on Facebook wall posts by the profile owner?

I've searched Facebook's privacy settings but I can't find a way to disallow friends from commenting on my Wall Posts (that I posted). Is there a way to allow friends to view, but not to comment on ...
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anonymous links in email?

I've received a spam claimed to be sent from one of my friends' email (well I'm sure he didn't send it). What exactly would be the implications of clicking the link? What's the worse that could ...
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How to use Facebook while preserving privacy?

I'm have not signed up yet to Facebook since it's obvious how they think about my private data. But with out using it I might lose the connection to some not so close friends. So I'm trying to collect ...
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How can you check profiles you have visited, photos you have seen etc in your Facebook account?

I know a certain person has access to my facebook account. What now came to my knowledge is that this person can somehow know even the profiles I have visited, and the photos I have looked at, and ...
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Why is it no longer possible to make posts, links or photos in Facebook visible to certain friend lists only?

I used to be able to do this with the old profile. Since Facebook upgraded me to the new profile I cannot select friend lists in the privacy settings or even below single posts anymore although the ...
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Why do some web apps ask for details like Phone Number, home address, etc?

It's thankfully getting rarer, but a lot of web apps seem to want my whole life story before letting me sign up. What use does (for example) a online image editor have for my phone number? Shouldn't ...
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Why are images in my private album visible without a password?

I am having a hard time understanding how the Private albums feature of Photobucket works. This what I've done so far: Created an album called "private". Set a guest password for the album. ...
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How do I set up Facebook “ask for…” privacy setting?

When I look at a friend's About page on Facebook, under "email" I almost always see a link that says "Ask for 's email". Likewise for a lot of other fields on that page. How do I set it up so that it ...
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Can I prepare a Facebook profile completely off-public?

I want to prepare my new Facebook profile completely off-public, and publish it once it will be ready (in my opinion). Is it possible? I've read this answer and assuming, that my new profile ...
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Can people on Facebook see photos in albums hidden from them on my mutual friend's timeline?

I have three questions: If I post something on my timeline that I specifically hide from person X, but in that post I have tagged persons Y and Z, both of whom are friends of mine AND friends of X, ...
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If I create an organization, can I limit what boards the members can see?

I would like to create an organization for our company, with boards for each department. I need some department boards, such as HR, available only to certain people in the organization. Can I give ...
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How can I prevent people from sending me email through Google+?

Google sent me an email today announcing that Google+ users can now send emails directly to my Gmail inbox if I'm in one of their Google+ circles, even if they don't know my email address. I only want ...
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If I share something on Facebook with my close friends list, can they share it to others?

If I share something on Facebook with my close friends list, can they share it to others? I'd like to share family photos with only my close friends, but I'm wondering -- can they in turn repost or ...
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Hide who a Google+ post is shared with

How can I hide who a Google+ post is shared with? Currently, it looks like anyone I share a post with can see who else I have shared the post with.
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Does google record and/or parse the contents of every google voice call?

I've been googling around and am trying to learn more about google voice's privacy policy. Specifically I want to know if Google records and transcribes the content of all of my calls performed over ...
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Amount of information access granted to a page you like on Facebook

When I like a page on facebook. Lets say liking a band on my music intrests and putting it in my information section. How much access have they been granted about me? The links they post appear on my ...
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Disposable proxy for a phone number?

I am in the process of making a deal on Craigslist but I do not really want to release my phone number to someone who I will eventually forget after a while and I am sure the next person would feel ...
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Blogger - Two Google+ Accounts

I have two Google+ accounts that I use for Blogger and I would like to make only one of them publicly visible; basically, I have Account A and Account B and I would only like Account B to be visible ...
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Privacy when signing in with Google

Lately many websites allow users to sign in using their Google accounts, which seems to be fine, but I am a bit worried about privacy issues... I have been taking a look, and most of the information ...
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Make a Google+ post visible to all users but invisible to Google search

I know that the Public circle is like a free-for-all and people can find your posts for the Public circle using search engines. I'd like my posts to be visible to only G+ users. How do I set my posts ...