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How to change my login and login provider? [duplicate]

I have been using an authentication through my Gmail account because many years ago I thought it was a good method from a security standpoint, (even if the fact to use an E-mail as an account is a ...
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Archive Stack Exchange posts (or make them private)

Is there a way to archive posts on Stack Exchange? I want them to be private.
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Which of my email addresses can mods see?

I can have email address(es) on my Stack Exchange account for logging in with, and I can have email address(es) for receiving emails about Stack Exchange. I understand that moderators can see user ...
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Off-site avatar images are a privacy risk

The user avatars that are displayed on every post are not all hosted on SE's imgur account, but on sources outside the control of Stack Exchange. The most prominent ones are Gravatar, Facebook and ...
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Can't disable usage of my on-site activity

https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/preferences/current After clicking the page just refreshes, and I can't change this option.
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Each site's moderator agreement - privacy policy linked to stack overflow page instead of the site's own page [duplicate]

On every Stack Exchange site except Stack Overflow, in the Moderator Agreement (<sitename.com>/legal/moderator-agreement) page's The agreement section contains two links. The first link is ...
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Misleading header “Information from Third Parties” in privacy policy

The following section is in the SE privacy policy: Information from Third Parties We may share personal information with third parties who provide services to Stack Overflow, such as payment ...
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More than 15k bottles of Viagra from Kenya, asking 110+ people for money, seriously?

I received a strange mail from a well-known SE user with the following body two days ago: HALLO EVERYONE. I am writing to you from Kenya. I have recently come into contact with a great bunches of ...
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Google Plus privacy leak and Stack Exchange usage

I just received a notification "Important Information about Google+ APIs" about the profile information leak to apps by Google+ API. The attachment states that the app "Stack Exchange" had access to ...
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Is there a need to protect users if they reveal traceable personal information?

A user was asking a sensitive question. There were comments saying "change your username and picture". I went and traced his picture and name and arrived at a website with their resume (no address ...
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What privacy expectations are moderators who gain privileges by being SE employees subject to?

The moderator agreement, located at https://meta.stackexchange.com/legal/moderator-agreement, has the following text at the bottom: I acknowledge and agree that I am an independent volunteer ...
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Don't show hidden communities on “Top Posts” in network profile

I love the Hidden communities feature. Its official definition is (emphasis mine): Hiding a community means other users will not see it in your Communities list or Top Network Posts. The "...
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Is embedding arbitrary external images GDPR compliant?

Currently, SE allows user to embed arbitrary images (from HTTPS sources) into posts and into comments in chat. The consequence of this is that whoever controls the server those images are hosted on ...
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What information is collected about users when they are OFF site, and how is this used?

From the Stack Exchange Cookie Policy: "If you use the Stack Overflow Network, both Stack Overflow and third parties will use cookies to track and monitor some of your activities on and off the ...
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To refuse arbitration, give us your name and address

To opt out of mandatory arbitration and retain the right to participate in a class action, the terms of service state: Your written notification must be mailed to us at Stack Overflow, Attn: Legal ...
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Punctuation issues in the privacy policy page

In the Stack Exchange, Inc. Privacy Policy page, there are two punctuation issues. In front of the "This privacy policy" the space is missing. In the first paragraph: ... and as such are committed ...
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When opting out of arbitration, how will the email address I provide be used?

As a followup to Can an anonymous user opt out of arbitration? and We're examining the implementation of arbitration in the 2018 ToS update, I would like more information as to how the email ...
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How do I opt-out of chat?

I think that chat is bad because it is permanent and searchable. If it existed for some reasonable time, like 30 days - no problem. I don't want my words retained for posterity and findable by anyone ...
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How is Stack Exchange preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

Is Stack Exchange making any changes in preparation for GDPR? What will the procedures be in order to comply with this regulation? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a ...
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Will Stack Exchange respect EU's “right to be forgotten”?

If a citizen of EU would request all his questions and answers to be deleted from all Stack Exchange sites, would that request be carried out? I'm not just talking about account deletion, where ...
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How should I request an embargo on access of my personal data by moderators?

I would like to request an embargo on access of my personal information collected by Stack Exchange. This embargo should relate to newly elected moderators of the Academia Stack Exchange site. As ...
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Stop automatically merging accounts without asking the users

Currently, users are automatically merged if SE detects certain situations that indicate that the users belong to the same real person. Some aspects of this have been mentioned in meta posts, but in ...
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Why do Stack Exchange staff use their real names?

I was wondering why Stack Exchange staff use their real names, e.g. the community managers, Rob, Tim, and Shog (if he replies to an email). Shouldn't the same safety / privacy considerations be the ...
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Do all of the Stack Exchange staff have access to a user's information?

When a user of Stack Exchange runs into trouble, e.g. gets into an argument with another user or moderator and incurs a suspension, I understand that volunteer diamond moderators and some Stack ...
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Privacy trust certificate looks outdated

Banner on the bottom of the privacy policy page says that certificate is valid today: But on the certificate page it looks outdated:
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If a user signs in with Facebook, their avatar comes from graph.facebook.com which may be blocked by privacy protection tools [duplicate]

It appears that some privacy protection tools (I use Privacy Badger in Chrome) block the domain on Stack Exchange sites. That means that the avatar doesn't load. It seems like this issue on the ...
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Potential privacy breach due to question rate limit from IP addresses

I initially asked this question here, in Bitcoin Meta because I faced this problem originally in Bitcoin SE. I decided to ask this question here due to the very little attention it received there and ...
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Why does Stack Overflow use two trackers unlike other Stack Exchange sites and for what purposes? [duplicate]

I recently installed a browser extension to detect trackers on a webpage. According to that extension, Stack Overflow uses two trackers: Comscore Beacon Quantserve Tracker While other Stack ...
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Why we don't keep public records of suspensions

Whenever the topic of a suspended user crops up, there's often confusion about what information moderators ought to share and what they should keep private. Sometimes moderators are just as unsure as ...
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Which are the changes to ensure the Privacy Shield?

There has been a recent announcement of the new privacy policy. However I would like to know what has been done to ensure the privacy respect to the previous setting. If the NSA or CIA or any other ...
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Stack Exchange Privacy Policy Update

As you all know, once in a while we have to update our Privacy Policy. Now is one of those times. Here's what's different with today's update: Safe Harbor has been replaced by the EU-US Privacy ...
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User requests their own question be removed due to sensitive information

I have a question that has been flagged by the asker for removal because they say it contains private information that shouldn't be in the public domain. However they don't specify what elements they ...
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What is tracked/captured/stored by Stack Exchange?

I go through phases of being rather paranoid, so that's the reason for this question. I understand for this site to work there must be a certain amount of tracking and storage. Otherwise there'd be ...
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Was the Stack Exchange network affected by the Cloudflare parser bug?

Cloudflare disclosed a memory leak incident in their software, which could lead to: returning memory that contained private information such as HTTP cookies, authentication tokens, HTTP POST bodies,...
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“this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them” - can this wording be changed?

I'm posting this question anonymously for obvious reasons. It should be on meta, but I can't post there anonymously. It would be great if someone would move it there. The new head of the Department ...
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How did TIBCO / Marketo obtain my Stack Exchange profile e-mail address for spamming?

My Stack Exchange profile has a specific e-mail address that I use on no other Internet site, and should be unguessable. My Developer Story is set to private. My profile has an uploaded image, not ...
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Stack Exchange should review and document their data retention policies

Recently, Stack Overflow posted a blog post about their Providence system (see also a 2015 blog post by Kevin Montrose about this same subject). This is related to the Personalized Prediction Data. ...
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Privacy policy of European users? Safe Harbor is down

I was reading the Privacy Policy and I must note that paragraph: Safe Harbor Overview We have chosen to comply with the principles of the Safe Harbor Framework developed by the U.S. Department ...
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What should I do if I post any private credentials in my question by mistake? [duplicate]

On Stack Overflow I have posted a question which contains some private credentials of mine. Now I have edited the question and remove those credentials but it can be seen by others when someone ...
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How should we deal with questions that seek to identify deleted users?

It’s happened occasionally that a new user will wonder about the identity of a deleted user, whether, on the main meta or on a per-site meta (or indeed on one of the non-meta sites). Often such ...
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Reduce precision of “Last seen” to hours rather than minutes

The "last seen" information is on every user profile, and I would argue that in some cases it compromises user privacy and voting anonymity (though others clearly disagree). I think this is ...
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Is this data broker violating SE terms of service?

Recently SE amended its terms of use to prevent automatic scraping of site information by third parties for information brokering (at least, that's what I gathered from it). I just read about a new ...
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SO contacts Facebook server, what consequences if I block it?

While loading this Stack Overflow question, I briefly saw this in my status bar: Downloading from graph.facebook.com The full request: GET /100001936071639/picture?type=large HTTP/1.1 Host: graph....
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Why is bounty start/close timing data removed from the data explorer?

The Stack Exchange Data Explorer has a lot of useful data in its Votes table. Unfortunately, a lot of this data, and particularly the timing data, can be used to deanonimize voting patterns, which is ...
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Data dump - available login data?

I am currently working on a project with the Stack Exchange data. To get more insight it would be great if I could get the login times for each user, not only the dates of comments, posts, etc... ...
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What is the point of being able to hide a community on your profile when people can see it anyways? [duplicate]

Click: Profile -> View network profile -> accounts or activity Any community you've selected to "hide" from actually is not hidden here; it's completely public. I logged out and tested it on my own ...
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How can you change your privacy settings?

hmmm...A friend of mine accidentally knows about my Stack Overflow username, but I don't want him to see all past questions. Is there a way that I can hide myself from the public (i.e., like Facebook)?...
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How to handle possible user tracking through images?

I have come across a site-meta question that ended up on the Hot Meta Posts side bar. At the time of writing, that post has about 1000 views. Accidentally I noticed that OP used his own server (his ...
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How does the Community Moderator model fit in with the TOS/Privacy/Content License Policies?

I have been banned for a month from the only SE site I really use. I do contest it, as do most I suppose, but that's not what this question is about. If curious see my profile. Instead, while ...
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Does timing leak information about who might have downvoted?

When I come across a post that could be improved, I usually try to leave a comment explaining how. If the post is particularly poor, sometimes I also downvote at the same time. Could the fact that I ...