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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Facebook's “View As…” returns blank profile?

I am using the "View As..." tool to see how a certain person sees my profile. But it turns up empty! No timeline, just a blank page after my cover and profile pics. This doesn't make sense since we ...
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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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Google Search History - linking across multiple accounts?

Does Google link searches across multiple accounts? For example, if I signed out of my account, then searched Google, would Google log the fact it was likely the accountholder of the account just ...
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Can I use Outlook.com to email a group BCC by default?

I created an email group in Outlook.com's webmail service. When I email the group, I have to remember each time to switch to BCC to avoid disclosing the group email addresses. I want to know how to ...
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Can someone find my Gravatar profile if they have my email address, or Gravatar URL associated with that email address?

Gravatar now offers profiles that are publicly visible. Let's say I have entered some info in my profile. Let's also say I have two email addresses, email1 and email2, registered with Gravatar but ...
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Can I keep my own Facebook profile content hidden to members of a private Facebook Group of which I am the administrator?

I have put together a private Facebook Group for my camera club, and as the administrator, I have had to get its members to either open an account with Facebook in order for them to join the Group, ...
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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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Google photos link sharing: private or public

I just posted this on the Google product support forum, but I might receive more feedback here. What I wonder is whether Google photos would detect and stop brute force album share link discovery ...
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How to disable Twitter Analytics?

Is there a way to turn off Analytics for a Twitter account again, once enabled? Twitter Help pages didn't provide any answer.
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Is there a valid technical reason for Netflix to block Incognito/Private mode?

While Netflix in general is accessible in Incognito/Private mode, they refuse to load their player in this mode, asking the user to restart the session in regular mode. If you look for the technical ...
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URL for restricted sharing in Google Drive

When I click Get a shareable link for a file or folder in Google Drive, it automatically switches the privacy settings to Anyone with a link can view. Is there a way to obtain a URL link to the file ...
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When does Gmail load an image (one that comes with an e-mail) into its proxy?

Gmail has a function that proxies the loading of images. When it is turned on, the moment you click "show images" in an e-mail you have received in your Gmail, you get to see the image stored in ...
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How do I list my items in Dropbox by access level?

I found myself accidentally sharing sensitive information in Dropbox. This has happened multiple times. So I want to check what I'm sharing and with whom. I'd like to see a list of my items (files and ...
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How do I make people I follow on Instagram private

I just wondered if there was a way of making the people that I follow on Instagram private, it's just that some of the people that I follow have their 'following' list set as what appears to be ...
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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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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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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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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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Deleting Facebook Messenger messages for all users?

I am attempting to regain my privacy by deleting some social media apps. I'm starting with Facebook and Messenger, because those are the ones I use the least, but I see that deactivating or deleting ...
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Any idea about missing “people also viewed” on LinkedIn

Why are the "people also viewed" results no longer appearing on my public profile on LinkinIn. I have it set to show "people also viewed" and it has shown this in the past. Any ideas?
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Privacy-friendly way of importing 'following' users into new Twitter account?

I am following about 600 Twitter users. Because I don't post anything, I don't care about my followers (90% of them are spam bots anyway). I created a new Twitter account and wish to import the '...
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How to hide own eBay username from eBay community profile?

How can I hide my eBay username from the public-facing portion of my eBay Community profile? When I'm logged out and go to the public-facing part of my Community profile, I see my eBay buyer/seller ...
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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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How to completely delete Instagram account?

I deleted my Instagram account yesterday (in their website), all my photos are deleted, and I can't sign in to my account anymore, but my account still exists, all followers and following pages still ...
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How do I allow getting Facebook event invitations from the general public?

I don't see anything in the privacy settings that would prevent people from inviting me to events. Some people say they cannot invite me to events as my name is not populating, even though we are part ...
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Government gmail on personal phone

I have personal iphone that i check government email on via gmail app. Unbeknownst to me, my google app became associated with my work account. I did some google searches that I do NOT want my ...
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How do I remove my YouTube feed activity content from my user profile page?

I've been successful in removing what's visible on my channel page (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/channel/abc123), by adjusting my privacy settings. However, some activity of mine from a few years ...
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My WordPress blog address is shown to all my Gmail contacts: how to prevent?

My friend found my WordPress blog by importing his Gmail contacts into his WordPress blog. And I was in his contacts. Thus, WordPress shares my blog address automatically with all my Gmail contacts. ...
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How to remove a photo shared from iPhone via Skype?

I shared a picture taken with my iPhone with a friend. To my confusion, I've discovered that she received not a picture, as I expected, but a link to the image uploaded to Skype website. The image ...
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Can a tagged but only-allowed friend's friends see the status where he is tagged?

If I (1) post a Facebook status; (2) tag one friend in the status; (3) and customise the privacy settings of the status so that only this one friend is allowed to see it, will this friend's friends ...
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On Facebook, can I control who sees posts I make to event walls?

I was recently surprised to have distant friends respond to comments I made on an event wall. Is there any way I can control this? It was an awkward clash of two completely different social circles I'...
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In facebook privacy settings, what is the difference between regular and added audience for tagged posts?

What is the difference between the below two policy settings: 1) Who can see posts you've been tagged in on your timeline? 2) When you're tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audience if ...
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Tell facebook to ignore event invite notifications from a friend

I keep getting facebook event invites from a friend. These are events I mostly don't bother about. I'd still want to view the event details and all, but I don't want to get notifications regarding it. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Using Google Forms and Security Settings

We are thinking to use Google Forms and we need to find out if it can be used for collecting and processing personal information such as Name, Address, Phone, etc. Could someone could make a ...
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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 ...