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

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How can I see my Restricted friends list on Facebook?

Each time I post, it comes up with "friends except restricted". I have no "restricted" list on the left hand side of the screen where lists appear. I did have a restricted list ages ago but now I ...
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Facebook Group with a Restricted Friend

On Facebook, I've got my boss as a "Restricted Friend" so he isn't seeing my posts unless I make them public. Now, he's joined a Group that I manage. Will he be able to see posts I make to the group's ...
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Tool to bulk remove Facebook status updates [on hold]

Is there any tool/webapp out there that will let me bulk delete past status updates? The only solution I have found so far is going back manually and deleting them one by one.
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Can I prevent Google from tracking which links I follow in downloaded PDFs?

I want to create a PDF document using Google Docs/Drive that includes links, but without Google tracking clicks on those links. Downloading a Google Drive document (File > Download as) in any other ...
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Make photos available only to me on Google+

This may already be the default, I don't know. I turned on a feature in the Android app Photos and now all my pictures have been uploaded to Google+. The exact website is ...
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Seeing non-friends status updates

If a friend has their status update privacy set to 'Friends of Friends' ... does that mean that everyone on MY friends list see all their status updates, regardless of whether I 'like' or comment on ...
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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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Facebook events in news feed

I can keep pictures that I have been tagged in from showing up in my own timeline and on other people's news feed by simply requiring that those tags get reviewed by me—and not approving them. How do ...
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Preventing new friends from seeing old Facebook posts

I'd like to add some new people as Facebook friends so that they can see baby pictures, but not the rest of my posts and other items. Going forward, this is easy, as I can just add them to ...
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Facebook friends list, including disabled accounts, shows one less than friends count!

For a while now, Facebook has been showing deactivated accounts in one's friends list, which is nice. However, the total number of friends in my list, including disabled accounts, is one less than the ...
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Can I have a YouTube account while having nothing to do with Google Plus?

This page describes three options for what name will be displayed for you on YouTube, but they all seem to involve associating with Google Plus in some way. If you want your Google name used in both ...
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Turning off Google search results indirection

In Google search results, in Firefox or Chrome, I get URLs that go through Google and not directly to the target site. For example, at http://www.google.com/search?q=foo the first result is ...
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Some of my friends can't see my friends publications (restricted list?)

I remember that at some point I added a few friends to a "restricted list". Things seem to have changed now and I cannot seem to find a way to edit these settings. Whenever I post something, next to ...
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Sharing a Google Document with multiple email addresses and preventing recipients from seeing the list of email addresses

Is there any way to share a Google Document with multiple email addresses in such a way that recipients cannot see the list of email addresses I shared the document with? By default upon sharing the ...
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How to improve privacy from non-friends on Facebook?

I thought I was able to turn of the ability for non-friends to search me but apparently not. I'd prefer that only friends can view my profile (and if I wanted new ones I would add them). This doesn't ...
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How can Linkedin know about my Yahoo contacts?

I signed up to Linkedin using a Yahoo account. I confirmed the address from their email message, but I refused to allow them to access my address book. So the site showed: Confirm your Yahoo! ...
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Is there a way to share a certain Keeeb without directing the person to all one's public files?

With Keeeb, is there an alternative way to share a 'keeeb' to another so you aren't giving them carte blanche to explore your entire 'keeeb'd' clips besides making all of your 'keeeb' files "private". ...
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YouTube: List of videos shared with me

My friend has shared a lot of his private videos with me. Every time he shares a video, I get an email with a link through which I can watch the video. But I cannot find a place in YouTube where the ...
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Is there an online spreadsheet where I can share individual columns?

I sometimes use a spreadsheet when grading student assignments, where the leftmost columns describe the different parts of the assignments and possible points, and there is a column for each student. ...
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Is there a free and privacy-aware alternative to Google? [closed]

Google tracks searches and also sends search data to visited sites in the HTTP referrer headers. This information can be tied together to allow someone to look at what you have been searching over ...
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Are DuckDuckGo redirects a privacy issue?

If you search for a term on DDG: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=asdf and then click on a search result, you will notice that it goes through a redirect: ...
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Facebook photo privacy problem

My photo album is limited to friends only, but still photos can be viewed in section "abc's photo" but not in album section. Photos are not shared by anyone but friends of friends can view it.
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Why can't my friend see a photo on my timeline that is supposed to viewable by friends of anyone tagged?

I was recently tagged in a photo. The person that took it is not my friend (a mutual friend of ours, who also appears in the photo, tagged me). I approved it to appear on my timeline. If I look at ...
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Block my activity on Friends' News Feeds like Photo Likes or Post Likes

(I am not asking how to block my posts on my timeline.) I am asking how I can block my activity, such as posting in open groups, making comments on people's posts, adding a friend, liking a photo, ...
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Make Facebook Likes on a Page (Private)?

In constant urge to keep myself updated on what's going on in other universities, I would like to like the official facebook pages of these universities; but I also want to keep this activity private ...
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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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To block private Instagram profile from Google Search?

Many social media application have setting by which you can prevent your profile in Google search. However, Instagram does not have it. They also ignore the users' feedback by not offering customer ...
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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 can I reset all public posts to be friends-only?

I recently found that despite my default posting privacy level being "friends" all of my recent posts are "public". Is there some way I can quickly move these posts back to "friends" or otherwise ...
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Friend request that now shows “cancel”

If I sent a friend request to someone and now in that box it says cancel, does that mean that person cancelled my request?
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Making all Facebook posts visible to only me

Is there any way to make all Facebook posts visible to only me (without having to manually change the visibility of each post one by one)?
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How to stop strangers sending me event invites in Facebook?

I relocated and some requests are too country-specific. I am looking for a way to block all requests to other countries. I can only block events from my friends but not from non-friends, strangers and ...
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Is complete control over tagging me on Facebook possible?

Facebook allows me to approve all photos where I am tagged to appear on my timeline. However, Facebook states: Note: This only controls what's allowed on your timeline. Posts you're tagged in ...
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Uploading photo to my profile on Facebook, so that nobody notices

Is it possible to upload a photo to one of my albums on Facebook, so that the news about it will never appear anywhere... Neither in my timeline of my profile nor in the news feed of my friends etc... ...
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How to view a LinkedIn profile anonymously?

I saw this ad this morning: Is there really no way to avoid the awkwardness? This page describes a solution but the settings menu they are suggesting does not exist anymore.
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How long is GMail legally allowed to keep my emails after I delete them?

I have a gmail account since long before 2008, I wondered should I delete some or all of my mails, how long could Google legally still claim the right to internally keep them. I've checked the ...
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How can I make my tweets private?

I want my tweets on Twitter to remain private and not be visible to anyone except those I designate as being able to view. How do I accomplish this?
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Will Gmail eventually restore my email without phone verification?

tl;dr: Is it possible to regain access to my recently disabled account with my recovery email address only? However there doesn't seem to be any option that actually works2. I describe what I've ...
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Staying invisible on Google Plus

I'm considering signing up for Google Plus to get all the alluring perks Google's offering, such as unlimited cloud space for photos and shorter videos. However, apart from sharing data with a few ...
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If my Twitter account is private and I'm blocking a user, if I reply to that person's tweet, will they see it?

I have my account set as private and a certain person blocked. However, her account is not private and it was brought to my attention she was speaking badly about me. Under that specific negative ...
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How to hide the new friendship with a user from few of my friends on Facebook

I want to make a friendship with some person, but I don't want to let some of my friends know that me and that person have become friends. How can I achieve this? What privacy settings changes do I ...
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Are Google Shortened URLs (goo.gl) Publicized, Sequential, or Secret?

Google has a shortening service at http://goo.gl/ which let's you convert a long URL to a short one. It says the following about the URLs it generates: All goo.gl URLs and click analytics are ...
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What measures does Cognito Forms take to ensure Privacy/ Security Level for Completed Forms/ User Data?

Some forms may contain confidential information - even something basic like where a person lives. What measures do Cognito Forms take to ensure that data stored within its site is secure?
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Stop my photos from getting onto Facebook?

How can I stop photos of me from getting onto Facebook or Google Plus? I am not a user of social networks and do not want my photo on these networks. I am very concerned I may be added by friends or ...
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Will blocked user see other friend liking my Facebook-post?

Say I have a friend "Mary" in my friend list. "Bob" is on Mary's friend list, not mine. In my privacy setting, i have specifically blocked Bob (Bob is in my blocked user list). When I submit a new ...
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How to use GPG with Gmail?

I would like to read and write GPG encrypted mails within Gmail. I found FireGPG, but the support for Gmail has been discontinued (and I am using Google Chrome as a browser). What is the most ...
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Improve Gmail privacy by getting external images from Google's servers

It is obvious that many people try to track their sent emails by using online tools which embed an invisible external image to the email's body. The workaround which most people are familiar with ...
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Do Google, Yahoo, Microsoft read Dropbox links?

When a link to a Dropbox file or folder is sent by gmail, outlook.com or yahoo mail, is the content in the link read (i.e. processed) by Google or the other providers software?
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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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How to hide from the public “comments and likes from friends” underneath my Facebook cover photo

My Facebook friends list is set to "friends only" so the public cannot see this. They can, however, see who SOME of my friends are by viewing the comments and likes from friends underneath my cover ...