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What should I do if a user posts sensitive information as part of a question or answer?

If a user mistakenly (or in ignorance) posts something which contains sensitive data (eg account logins) is there a way to remove the sensitive data so that it is permanently deleted? Editing the post is the obvious first step, but the edit history will still contain sensitive information.

Do moderators have access to tools to remove data swiftly and permanently?

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  • A dupe of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/112350/…, which is a dupe of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21938/…. – GSerg Mar 12 '12 at 15:18
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    We have a procedure, but nothing you put online is truly ever gone. Not when Google indexes your site every other second. – user1228 Mar 12 '12 at 16:20
  • @Won't and GSerg, thanks. I have flagged (about four hours ago) and sent email (about 1 hour ago), but at the time of writing, the information still remains. – PaulG Mar 12 '12 at 16:28
  • @PaulG: We've got over 200 flags in the queue. It just doesn't happen all that fast. If you can, delete the question. I'm not sure if anyone has acted on the flag yet (I haven't spent any time in the queue today, unfortunately). I'll try to find the flag now. – user1228 Mar 12 '12 at 17:38

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