Our moderator agreement states:
I acknowledge that I may have access to potentially personally-identifying information about Stack Overflow users and that in connection with such access
b) I will not disclose this information to anyone,
c) I will not store or copy this information and
Now, I've recently installed a sophisticated spelling/grammar/thesaurus tool as a browser extension to my browser. Chrome informed me that this extension can
- Access my data on all websites
- Access my tabs and browsing activity
This is not uncommon. In fact, virtually all extensions require some sort of this access to actually work. Depending on the extension, this access is local. However, in this particular case, I assume the data is sent to the service providing the spell and grammar checking. This in turn could potentially disclose information to the service (for instance when I write mod messages or when chatting with other mods).
Hence my question: am I allowed to use extensions that - in order to provide the service - require transmission of potentially personally-identifying information to a third party service?
Please note that my question is not about this particular browser extension. I am not even sure it really sends the data somewhere. It just occurred to me that some extensions definitely do. So my question is about any extension that sends data it has access to over the wire.
Also note that I am not asking this in terms of "Am I legally allowed by the phrasing in the moderator agreement" but in terms of intent. The intent of the moderator agreement is obviously to protect our users. And to make me be careful with handling their data. And that's why I am asking this question.