Questions tagged [privacy]

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

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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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How to use the microphone and speaker with textnow?

I'm not seeing a microphone icon when using textnow. This is on a Surface 3 tablet. How can I cause the app to prompt for microphone and speaker access? Is one browser preferred over another?
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Google Docs: how to selectively make section visible to certain users?

I would like to make a section of a Google document only visible to certain users. However the means to do this is non-intuitive; the primary collaboration controls are an all-or-nothing affair. How ...
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Does WhatsApp 'upload' contact list to Facebook's databases? If so, how to prevent?

I'm trying to find out if installing WhatsApp will send the information of all my contacts to Facebook. The Usage of your phone number and address book FAQ page is not clear about that. I can deny the ...
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How do I delete all my activity history with Microsoft?

I just found out there was still activity being recorded at https://account.microsoft.com/privacy/activity-history despite me answering 'don't use my data' to all the questions in the last large ...
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Confirming That Website Follow User's Consents

I am working on my thesis to review some websites compliance with the given consents that the users give. Ideally, non-strictly necessary cookies should not be placed on the user's browser before user ...
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Google Maps grey dotted lines identified location

I clicked to search for directions on a place on Google and it redirected to Maps. Google was able to precisely identify my location The map displayed several thick grey dotted curves all converging ...
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How did a Craigslist seller know my name when using the anonymous email system?

I replied to an ad on craigslist. I used my Gmail account to send it to the anonymized craigslist e-mail. The receiver must have seen my real email address because he knew my name even though I didn't ...
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If I like a friend's old post, would my 'Like' appear to our friend's (mutual) news feed?

If I like a friend's really old post (2011 - something he posted to me - it actually appeared to me on my "ON THIS DAY" section) would my 'Like' appear on our mutual friend's news feed? I don't want ...
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Can Facebook's Custom privacy setting ever include the public?

On Facebook, I occasionally see certain friends with their privacy settings set to Custom. When I comment on their posts, I don't want my comments to show up publicly, but I can't know whether they ...
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How do I delete very old photos from the “Insert Photo” dialog in Gmail?

There was a time when it wasn't obvious to anyone that Google Hangouts was archiving all photos sent to and fro, into albums (much like Whatsapp). The Internet generally believed that Google wouldn't ...
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Disable commenting-ability on a photo-by-photo basis

I'd like to disable the commenting function for all of my friends for some of my photos but not for all of them or my status updates which is the only privacy control panel I can find. Is this ...
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How can I hide my name on a shared Google Doc?

Just realized my name is clear as day on my documents that I'm sharing with strangers. Meanwhile they all show up as "Anonymous %animal%". How do I make it so my name doesn't show up?
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Set up a custom domain and track accesses to it

I would like to know who visits links that are in my mail and chat messages; is there a web app that does the following? when I sign up, it gives me one or more unique personalized URLs or domain ...
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How do I hide my location in Yelp?

After making a Yelp account, I discovered that my hometown was displayed publicly on my account profile. I tried to remove my location in account settings to protect my privacy, but Yelp will not let ...
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How to send myself information from work without revealing my personal account

At work we heavily use Gmail and Drive, and there are some emails and files I would like to somehow store or send myself to store and remember at my personal account. However, I fear simply sending ...
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Chrome extension reply to review, name, publisher name and nickname

There are 3 names associated with my extension my publisher name P my real name N from the Google account a nickname K (currently blank) from the Google account I would like to post a reply to a ...
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How to selectively make photos private in Instagram?

I have a public profile on Instagram and I know about the option to make all your photos private on the service. However, I don't want to make all my photos private, but selectively make some ...
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Can I hide my favourites on YouTube from the other users?

Can I hide my favourites on YouTube from the other users? I have a normal YouTube account and I realised that everything I add to my favourites is visible to anyone. Can I hide it instead?
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Can employer see incognito tabs if Google account is managed by the employer?

I was logged into my personal account (at home, on my home network and computer) and had some very not safe for work tabs open in incognito in the background. I then logged into my new employer-...
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In Facebook is there a way to add someone to a friend list before they accept your friend request?

If you go to someone's profile page and add them as a friend, while it's still pending, is there a way to add them to a list? Or do you have to wait for them to actually accept your friend request so ...
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People see my connections on LinkedIn, despite the setting set to “only me”

Why can people, who are among my connections, see all my connections (even if they're not common to both), even though on privacy settings I selected "only me" to see the connections? Another buddy, ...
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Make YouTube video visible to only users in a particular domain

I'd like to make a YouTube video that is visible only to users in a particular domain (e.g., anyone registered as *@x.com). Is there a way to do that? The only settings I can see are Private, ...
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Friends list private but Facebook reveals it with “Do you know X,Y,Z” emails

My Facebook Friends list is private, because there are some people I don't want to show I am friend with. A while ago I created a Bob account for testing purposes and added Bob as a friend. PROBLEM: ...
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Can Google Apps admins monitor the chat history of users?

My company uses Google Apps for all employees, so all have example@companyname.com as their official email address. I understand that there would be an admin for the Google Apps. Can the admin monitor/...
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My college manages my G-suite account, can they view my browsing history if I use a personal device on a home network while logged in?

I have found multiple sources telling me otherwise, but most are outdated by a year or two. If I am logged into my G-suite managed account on Google, and search something up on a home network and ...
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Who can see which information about me on Patreon?

I'd like to support different projects on Patreon, but I am a bit concerned about different privacy aspects: Does the publisher see my username (when not participating in comments/forums on their ...
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How is it possible for someone to 'add you' on Facebook Messenger?

I recently received a message request on Facebook Messenger, however unlike a normal message request where someone actually sends you a message, the request just said that the user had 'added me on ...
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Discord Privacy: If my status is set as Invisible, will a discord server know that I have logged in to my account?

While using discord on a Browser & having set my status as Invisible. I am a subscriber to a Discord Server. If I open Discord on the browser, then will the Discord Server admin of a Server I am ...
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Google account saved devices inconsistency

When I check out the devices logged in under "Your Devices" section for one of my accounts, details are shown for each of the device such as listing the computer model under its name Ex: (...
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How to reduce a google search URL to an anonymized version

If I enter a search term in DuckDuckGo I get a pretty simple url and query string https://duckduckgo.com/?q=python+tips&atb=v1-1&ia=videos&iax=web If I do the same in google I get a ...
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When I call someone (audio or video) on Facebook Messenger, does the data go directly to the other person's computer?

Email is somewhat insecure because it is stored unencrypted on various servers. For example, I've seen court cases where someone's emails to his secretary's Gmail account had been subpoenaed from ...
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youtube privacy issue (regarding brand channel)

My client has a youtube brand account and a matching youtube channel (called: "virst van hirsten") which he transfered from his default google account/youtube channel. On his "old" ...
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How can I bulk remove all Facebook friends?

I'm tired of Facebook and the only reason I'm keeping it is that I use the login in quite a few places. I also have some facebook business pages that I manage that I need access to. I have already set ...
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Can I host a private or unlisted livestream on YouTube?

I want to setup a private livestream for my classmates from university. I don't want the stream to be publicly available online, and Twitch doesn't have an option for private streams. Is it possible ...
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How does Facebook know I am the same person/computer trying to make separate accounts using different browsers?

Question: The essential question here is how does Facebook know I am the same unit that is trying to create a new account, even after I have deleted all cookies/history/cache from my browser, and even ...
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Google Suite data access by administrator

I have a custom domain e-mail from my university an they are using Google Suite (Gmail, Drive, etc). I was reading this page https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/181692 Does this means that the ...
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How to delete “Microsoft Teams Chat Files” permanently?

I use macOS with a corporate O365 subscription (including Microsoft Teams). I shared lots of files in MS Teams and did see them in OneDrive (I have a client installed): /Users/example/OneDrive - ...
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How can I configure BlueJeans web app so that the microphone is muted by default when joining a meeting?

How can I configure BlueJeans web app so that the microphone is muted by default when joining a meeting? On the BlueJeans desktop program one can configure BlueJeans so that the microphone is muted ...
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Do sites know my name when I'm signed in to Google?

When I visit a site like https://medium.com/, I see a popup asking me if I want to "sign in to medium.com with Google", along with my Google account's name and profile picture. How does this work? ...
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Office 365 Privacy Settings and Telemetry

I need some help/advice on which telemetry settings to enable/disable in Office365 and registry to maintain a reasonable level of privacy while not breaking functionality. I am not a security/privacy ...
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What information about me is visible with shareable links?

If I distribute a shareable link for a file in my Google Drive, what information about me is visible to those who click on the link? I want to share some .mid file via shareable link, which allows ...
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Is facebook in violation of CCPA if they don't delete all messenger messages when you delete your account?

It seems like Facebook won't delete your messages from the recipient's inbox when you delete your account. People send a lot of personal information in messages including their address, phone number, ...
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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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Is The Facebook “Keep your account secure” Checkpoint Authentic?

I don't use Facebook often, but I'm logged in all the time on my primary browser, so I can access it whenever I want. A few weeks ago I was on my timeline, browsing and making the occasional comment, ...
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Facebook getting search history from Gmail, LinkedIn and Twitter

Recently, in my Facebook search bar I've noticed it shows "recent searches" that I didn't search on Facebook. For instance, I looked at Paul Graham and Scott Adams' Twitter feeds. This showed up in my ...
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Netflix default profile

This is a privacy concern. When I am with a friend or a customer and we want to see something on Netflix, upon opening it the list of users appear. I do not wanna my customers to see my kids, wife and ...
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Where does Venmo get its list of suggested friends?

I just signed up for a new Venmo account. I did this on my desktop through the web interface rather than on my phone, so none of my phone data is available to it. I do not have a Facebook account, ...
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Is there a way to register Gmail account anonymously?

In days of old, you just entered login+pass+some dummy information, and you were done. Now, it asks for your mobile phone number, or your friend's phone number, or your home phone number. Is there a ...
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Does 'Google Safe Browsing' send a request on each opened url or use a cached list?

google safe browsing is the feature that show you this alert on malicious web sites: My question is: is there a request to the API on each opened URL, or the browser use a cache ? If you open about:...

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