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Updates to Privacy Policy (September 2021)

Note this answer was added before more information was added to the question or it was featured. I'm leaving it here as I believe that it's important. So, here's the thing. Stack Exchange/Overflow ...
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Under what circumstances will Stack Exchange, Inc. share private/sensitive information with the press?

We didn't have a policy here; we do now: "no comment." This is the first time that we've been asked to comment on a quote concerning a moderator, and reporters aren't always very forthcoming. So we'...
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Under what circumstances will Stack Exchange, Inc. share private/sensitive information with the press?

No one can get the necessary individuals to answer this question, so I'll just leave this here. Sara Chipps has damaged the trust of the community in Stack Exchange, Inc. We as users cannot trust ...
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Updates to Privacy Policy (September 2021)

The previous privacy policy stated: We may amend or update this policy from time to time and will notify you of any material changes to this policy. I see that the privacy policy has been updated, ...
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Why we don't keep public records of suspensions

Your paragraph on "be honest" represents quite a departure from the way this was handled in the past by moderators. In most cases, the answer to suspensions has always been "no comment", regardless of ...
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Under what circumstances will Stack Exchange, Inc. share private/sensitive information with the press?

If Stack Overflow, Inc did this to an employee, they would be in violation of employment law and it would become a case of criminal wrongdoing. The company would face fines and punitive measures, as ...
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Updates to Privacy Policy (September 2021)

How can I revoke Stack Overflow's permission to collect my location information? According to the new privacy policy: Location information When you use the Stack Overflow Network, and certain of our ...
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More than 15k bottles of Viagra from Kenya, asking 110+ people for money, seriously?

That's on me, and I'm really sorry about this! As Glorfindel explained, I accidentally CC'd everyone entitled to a watch from this contest, instead of BCC'ing... :\ One of the recipients then sent ...
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Under what circumstances will Stack Exchange, Inc. share private/sensitive information with the press?

I've followed several sites in the Stack Exchange family for a few years now, and this question encapsulates my extreme disappointment with SO through all of this. Although Shog9 has relayed some ...
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Updates to Privacy Policy (September 2021)

By making the privacy policy so generic, you've made it bind you a lot less. That's the opposite of what you want in a privacy policy. A privacy policy should describe your current practices: how you'...
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Why is the Google Analytics cookie defined as "strictly necessary" and saved without consent?

We are committing to recategorizing the Google Analytics cookie as a “Performance Cookie” by May 13, 2022. (Update: This change was made on Tuesday, May 10th; we spent the remaining days monitoring it,...
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Updates to Privacy Policy (September 2021)

We will use your personal data in the following circumstances: Where it is in our legitimate interests, including our commercial interests or a third party’s legitimate interest in using the personal ...
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My real name was used in a beta invite email

We agree this isn't ideal. You should now get (if logged in, and you have a real name specified that is not the same as your display name) a choice of which name to use for the invite. Additionally, ...
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More than 15k bottles of Viagra from Kenya, asking 110+ people for money, seriously?

It turns out a Stack Exchange employee accidentally sent an e-mail, related to this contest, without putting the 110+ recipients in the BCC as required by data protection regulations. Therefore, all ...
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Did Upper Management ignore the growing tension in the TL that resulted in Monica's being axed?

I think this question kind of narrows the situation a bit. Here's the context I would give. There's been problems with acceptance of the Lavender/LGBTQ+ community for a long time, and it's been swept ...
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Is posting doxxing information ever acceptable?

Likely covered by existing policy in the form of the Acceptable Use Policy? (Some emphasis mine.) Identity Theft and Privacy. Users that misleadingly appropriate the identity of another person are ...
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

Just a quick addition to point out why a company choosing privacy as the default may be better off in the long run when compared to a company that annoys their users by making it more difficult to ...
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Under what circumstances will Stack Exchange, Inc. share private/sensitive information with the press?

We care about the concerns of the community, written about here and in other places, and are committed to ensuring that there are no deviations from this policy in the future. Though we had internal ...
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Privacy Policy Updates (Feb 2020)

One part of the policy I can't interpret as a non-lawyer are the exact restrictions and terms for third-party ads. As far as I can tell some ads on the network run with sufficient privilege to ...
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Restrict moderator tools that allow mass dumping of user emails

Please, do not break this tool. I use it all the time because it is the only tool that lets me find users by patterns. I can’t count the number of sock networks I’ve cracked wide open with this tool. ...
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Why we don't keep public records of suspensions

Dukeling raises an interesting question: So is that 10% of suspensions in general or 10% of users who actively continued using their accounts post-suspension? It's approximately 10% of users ...
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A general call for increased transparency from Stack Exchange, Incꓸ

Transparency & trust should start with us getting any appropriate details & information about important events which are relevant to us from the company before the press does, which didn't ...
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Why I go by Rosie (discussion about people using pseudonyms for privacy reasons)

I was asked by someone to post an answer here stating clearly what the position of my department and the company is with regard to employees operating pseudo-anonymously. I want to be very clear: I ...
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My real name was used in a beta invite email

This will be fixed real soon -- like today. We'll now allow you to choose which name to include in the invitation email. You'll hear from a developer here when the fix is going live. update: it's ...
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"Last seen" time appears on Google and SE profile pages and should be removed

I think removing this altogether is a bad idea. In my opinion there's very little that's private about when someone's last been seen on the site, although since that doesn't seem to be a universal ...
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"Last seen" time appears on Google and SE profile pages and should be removed

When I see a post with problems, and there are comments1 raising the issue that are more than a few hours (or few days, depending on the site) old, I tend to check the poster's "last seen" date to see ...
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User data in light of Stack Overflow's / Stack Exchange, Inc.'s acquisition

I fully understand the worries that you and others may be feeling about how private user data may be used and shared with other companies after the acquisition of Stack Overflow by Prosus is completed....
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SE is a dating site (revisit the last seen field)

Unfortunately, we've not been given any official explanation for why the "Last seen" field was removed for everybody except the site's diamond moderators. I've always found it challenging to ...
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Will Stack Exchange respect EU's "right to be forgotten"?

No, that won't happen. According to the terms of service: 3. Subscriber Content You agree that all Subscriber Content that You contribute to the Network is perpetually and irrevocably licensed to ...
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