What are Stack Exchange, Inc.'s policies regarding whether and when private or sensitive information will be shared by the company with the public, and particularly with the press?
By "private information," I mean information from sources such as:
Non-public chatrooms, including mod-only rooms
Non-public Teams instances, including the one for Stack Exchange Moderators
Private communications between moderators and users
Private communications between SOI staff and moderators
Deleted content, which can only be seen by moderators or "trusted users"
Flag explanations, which can only be seen by moderators
Users' Personally Identifiable Information
By "sensitive information," I mean information such as:
Characterization of patterns of behavior of individual moderators or users
Characterization of on-site controversies
It would seem to me that it would be standard corporate practice to avoid sharing any of the above with the public, and especially the press, without significant exigent circumstances and the utmost of care. In particular, all of the "private" information listed above is shared on the Stack Exchange platform with explicit agreement or at least implicit mutual trust that what is transmitted in a private space stays in that space or in spaces at least as private.
However, following its removal of multi-community-moderator Monica Cellio, SE spoke to The Register, sharing information from non-public spaces and characterizing the behavior of a specific user. This behavior makes me wonder whether the privacy assumptions I describe above are in fact reflected in company policy and practice.
As the shared trust regarding private information staying private is the basis of countless communications that my moderator colleagues and I engage in with Stack Exchange users, with each other, and with SE staff, I believe it's important that SE clarify whether and how this shared trust extends to the company.