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Why doesn't the privacy popup go away? Can you fix it? [duplicate]

I sometimes have a popup that shows up and refuses to go. Regardless what button I click it doesn't react. It just stays and covers part of the page. I have to resort to ctrl-shift-C to remove it. ...
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We’ve made changes to our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy - January 2022

We’ve just made two adjustments to our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy. They were made to return a section that was accidentally removed about the DMCA Designated Agent - there’s little to no ...
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Why is the Google Analytics cookie defined as "strictly necessary" and saved without consent?

When you open a Stack Exchange site the first time you are asked about your consent for storing cookies. You can disallow all cookies except those that are defined as "strictly necessary". ...
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Add the [featured] tag to the "Updates to Privacy Policy (September 2021)" post

Update: On 22/10/2021 at 16:53:37Z, the featured tag was removed from the post. So, the post had the tag for 23 days 20 hours 42 minutes 15 seconds totally (12 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes and 27 ...
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Updates to Privacy Policy (September 2021)

As you know, periodically we update our privacy policy. Today is one of those days: we've made a few changes to the privacy policy. The policy covers how we collect and use data on the entire network, ...
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Why I go by Rosie (discussion about people using pseudonyms for privacy reasons)

It’s been almost seven months since I joined the Community Team at Stack Overflow. I’ve been having a wonderful time learning the ropes, working with incredible colleagues across the company, and ...
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SE is a dating site (revisit the last seen field)

We have amongst others: Please make the "last seen" entry optional (which is not a duplicate of) "Last seen" time appears on Google and SE profile pages and should be removed ...
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Do I have to use a browser plugin to stop being accosted on SE sites with the “Accept all cookies” pop-ups over and over and over? Bug? Options? [duplicate]

I keep seeing these on SE sites: Your privacy By clicking “Accept all cookies”, you agree Stack Exchange can store cookies on your device and disclose information in accordance with our Cookie Policy....
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Is it safe to keep the reasons for user suspensions confidential?

I've become concerned for one particular user who's extensive content I really value on SE. Some time ago this user began to complain of "arbitrary" and "unfair" moderator ...
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Option to remove the @username references in the replies from your history, when you change your name [duplicate]

Regarding Change all @username references in comments when a user changes their name? and taking into account the issues raised. Rather than suggest a change, I suggest a reference removal from every ...
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User data in light of Stack Overflow's / Stack Exchange, Inc.'s acquisition

I would like to know how the acquisition impacts our user data, and specifically private user data. I am aware that a large part of our contributions could be scraped from the outside (or even, ...
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Privacy updates?

I can see that Stack Overflow does not participate in the Privacy Shield program since 2020/04/17. This was two months after the last update on privacy policies and three months before the EU–US ...
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Allow me to Decline all cookies (one click OptOut button)

All SO sites currently use this for cookie request Allow me to decline all in one click. Add a Decline All cookies button.
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Opt-out cookies in cookie consent

Sometime over the last month, the cookie consent on the SE network now defaults to having all cookies enabled when you press the "Customize settings" cookie popup, forcing users to opt-out ...
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Area 51 uses insecure avatar generation

Area 51 uses a different system for avatars than the rest of the network. While on every other site Gravatar URIs are salted, on Area 51 they aren't because it hasn't been updated (Area 51 uses a ...
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The cookie consent dialog (coming from cookielaw.org) keeps popping up

Recently, every time I hit a new page in Stack Exchange, whether it be the list of questions in a given forum, or a specific question, I get a pop-up like this: Your privacy By clicking “Accept all ...
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This post is hidden. No, it's not. (SE has a weird definition of "hidden"...)

Why does Stack Exchange leave junk posts around claiming they are "hidden", when in reality they are totally visible, but just have a pink background? This is something I have been ...
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Link to cookie policy doesn't work in "Accept all cookies" popup

See also, a more narrow bug here (tagged "status-completed", incorrectly(?)). Upon visiting some SE sites (e.g. superuser.com), logged in or not, I receive this popup: The "Customize ...
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Is it unusual for a moderator to ask for credentials or other user specifics related to the topic of an SE site?

Related to the A.I. SE meta question What is the policy on one-boxing AI-related links in this site's general chatroom? and a now apparently accidentally deleted comment (immediately below this ...
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Review audit of deleted answer shows personal information

I just received a review audit. It used a deleted answer, but the answer contains personal information about that user including their phone number and email address. Here's the text with the personal ...
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Possible to see any user's site preferences (privacy breach)

Most of current user profile related pages contain user-id in URL section, e.g. my edit profile page: https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/edit/339911 If you try to open it you will see a 404 stub (I ...
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What are our policies regarding underage users?

What are the age requirements for using the Stack Exchange network and what should moderators do if they encounter an underage user?
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"Hidden Profiles" still shown in Network Profile Top Posts list [duplicate]

I just noticed that although the hidden profiles are hidden in the "Accounts" tab on the Network profile, top questions from hidden profiles are still shown under the "Top" tab (...
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How long should SE store IP addresses of users?

Right now as far as I know, SE stores the IP addresses used to access any SE site forever. Every moderator or employee with moderator powers can see a list of every IP address a user ever accessed the ...
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Why do Stack Exchange sites occasionally request my device location?

I received the following prompt when visiting Math Stack Exchange following a link from Google: The exact URL in my address bar was: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/606375/prove-that-every-...
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"RSVP for our webinar with Stack Overflow" How do I make it stop?

I received an email from a recruiter today entitled "RSVP for our webinar with Stack Overflow", Stack Overflow+Hays Hays is hosting a webinar with Stack Overflow and I'd like to personally ...
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Privacy Policy Updates (Feb 2020)

We want to share with you that we have updated our Privacy Policy to keep up with the ever evolving data privacy laws and regulations concerning our global community of users and our sites. We also ...
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Is posting doxxing information ever acceptable?

I would think the obvious answer here is no, but... Recently certain American politicians have been circulating some unsubstantiated doxxing information alleging to out a whistleblower. This has led ...
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A user's original email address is retained in the system even after they've changed it on all sites (privacy risk, potential Area 51 sync issues)

To understand this report, first, let's have a look at the profile fields for setting one's primary email address in the system. On most sites in the network, you'll find that option in Edit profile ...
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Exactly which users PII do moderators have access to? [duplicate]

This recent question here on meta has brought to my attention something I never realized before - non-employee moderators have access to some tools that can disclose an user EMail address. Since I ...
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Restrict moderator tools that allow mass dumping of user emails

There is a tool available to moderators that can show up to 1000 email addresses at once with a single query. On smaller sites, this tool is probably powerful enough to create a dump of the email ...
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Anonymize or hash the user ID part of a shared link so users can earn badges for sharing links without any privacy leaks or prank/troll risks

The "share" link underneath a post includes the sharing user's ID for the purposes of awarding the user with Announcer, Booster, and Publicist badges in case enough users from different IP ...
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Is "The Loop" covered by SO's Privacy and GDPR policies?

SO's "GDPR Policy" states in part we describe how we collect and use your data, and how we use technologies like cookies to understand how we can better help developers. However, The Loop's first ...
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Social media disclaimer policy for SE Staff

The most recent SE incident (as well as several others earlier) was largely inflated by the interaction of SE/SE Staff with the press and some social media interactions (tweets/re-tweets, in ...
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Does Stack Exchange have a responsibility to protect the rights of their volunteers?

The question is focused on the company's responsibility for taking action without just cause against an appointed moderator on Meta Stack Exchange (herein called SE). There is a moderator contract ...
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Did Upper Management ignore the growing tension in the TL that resulted in Monica's being axed?

I am not asking for any statements or details of the situation in TL to be revealed. I am asking just whether Upper Management ignored the situation until the situation exploded with Monica's being ...
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Does the policy that suspension details aren't released publicly still apply even if the user says they are OK with them being released?

There is a policy that the details regarding a site suspension aren't released publicly, and that the only one who is allowed to bring it up publicly is the suspended user themselves. Officially, this ...
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Users need to be able to remove themselves and all their data from the site

Many users no longer feel safe participating here and don't feel comfortable with SE having data about them. While there is a way to delete your account which will result in all your posts being ...
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Under what circumstances will Stack Exchange, Inc. share private/sensitive information with the press?

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 ...
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Area 51 login apparently requires the HTTP referer to be on

I have a Mac on Mojave 10.14.6 (10.15 is newest) with Firefox 69.0.1 (according to Mozilla's website, the current release is 69.0.3). I just tried to log in to Area 51, and got stuck on the page ...
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Why can't SE use a non-Google captcha that invades my privacy less?

One reason that I do not like using SE is third-party elements that track me and invade my privacy: specifically, Google captcha, which I am forced to use even when logged in. I use various blockers ...
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Prefer only 'they' for personal pronouns due to privacy and security

This is specifically regarding updates to the new CoC (Official FAQ on gender pronouns and Code of Conduct changes) addressing personal pronouns. The point, up front With Internet hackers, bots, and ...
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Are there any topic boundaries for the private chat room Teachers' Lounge?

Because privacy and confidentiality means "what happens here, stays here", does that mean that participants there can freely voice concerns or questions that when brought to the public would be closed,...
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Are you sure that The Overflow newsletter is GDPR compliant?

I (European citizen) just received "The Overflow" newsletter, which I was opted into without my active consent. The GDPR is very clear that users should be told in advance what their personal ...
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"You’re receiving this email because you are subscribed to The Overflow Newsletter from Stack Overflow." - are you sure?

This morning I received a spam email from SE ("The Overflow - issue #1..."). At the bottom it says that "You’re receiving this email because you are subscribed to The Overflow Newsletter from Stack ...
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A general call for increased transparency from Stack Exchange, Incꓸ

As everyone who has so much as glanced at Meta.SE or any of a number of site metas over the last few days knows by this point, there has been a lot of controversy over the demodding (which many have ...
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Do I have a right for references to my username to be anonymized if I delete my account?

I'm posting this from an anonymous account for privacy reasons. I understand that, should I remove my account, content remains available. However, there are many references to my username scattered ...
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Use a privacy-friendly reCaptcha alternative

I'm very concerned with Google tracking my online activity. According to this article, Google's reCaptcha v3 poses significant privacy concerns, including: sending "hardware and software information, ...
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Anonymized chat messages are now searchable by user

Something appears to have changed recently whereby anonymised messages have become searchable under the user. For example; https://chat.stackoverflow.com/search?user=1640606&q=stackoverflow This ...
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Shield icon in Firefox: Tracking attempts blocked

When browsing sites in the StackExchange network, Firefox shows a shield by the address bar, and if you hover it it says "Tracking attempts blocked". Why is this shown? What does StackExchange sites ...

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