314 votes

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 ...
ben is uǝq backwards's user avatar
250 votes

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'...
Shog9's user avatar
  • 450k
161 votes

We've added a "Necessary cookies only" option to the cookie consent popup

As an EU-based user, I would like to know if clicking "Necessary Cookies Only" also disables so-called "Legitimate Interest" cookies. I do, however, want to say thank you for this ...
StephenG - Help Ukraine's user avatar
161 votes

Upcoming privacy updates: removal of the Activity data section and Google conversion pixel deprecation

Please don't call this streamlining In an effort to provide a uniform and compliant solution, as well as to streamline the data privacy experience, ... Before: click a link, download data. After: ...
Steve Bennett's user avatar
123 votes

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 ...
The Anathema's user avatar
  • 5,728
116 votes

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, ...
smitop's user avatar
  • 4,788
114 votes

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 ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
107 votes

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 ...
Pollyanna's user avatar
  • 76.1k
97 votes
Accepted

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 24.2k
94 votes

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 ...
dbc's user avatar
  • 4,035
86 votes

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 ...
ConcernedClient's user avatar
84 votes

Upcoming privacy updates: removal of the Activity data section and Google conversion pixel deprecation

A clarification question. The first point you are planning to remove states that "Stack Overflow never sells or shares your activity data with third parties." Some time ago ColleenV pointed ...
SPArcheon's user avatar
  • 28.8k
83 votes

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'...
wizzwizz4's user avatar
  • 18.1k
72 votes
Accepted

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,...
Cesar M's user avatar
  • 21.5k
58 votes

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 ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
  • 251k
58 votes

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 ...
Travis J's user avatar
  • 33.5k
58 votes

Upcoming privacy updates: removal of the Activity data section and Google conversion pixel deprecation

For the second section, these preferences are managed via the cookie consent preference center which can be accessed by selecting “Cookie Settings” in the site footer. Are they? Cookie Settings lets ...
wizzwizz4's user avatar
  • 18.1k
50 votes

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 ...
ColleenV's user avatar
  • 26.1k
48 votes

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 ...
auden's user avatar
  • 9,099
45 votes

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 ...
Makoto's user avatar
  • 58.3k
44 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Teresa Dietrich's user avatar
43 votes

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 ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
42 votes

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 ...
Shog9's user avatar
  • 450k
41 votes

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. ...
Martijn Pieters's user avatar
39 votes

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 ...
Philippe's user avatar
  • 20.7k
39 votes

We've added a "Necessary cookies only" option to the cookie consent popup

I do appreciate the addition of the new button. I think this is a great step forward from a usability and privacy perspective. However, I have some minor nits to pick: If I click the "Necessary ...
38 votes

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 ...
John Omielan's user avatar
  • 13.9k
37 votes

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....
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
  • 63.3k
36 votes

"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 ...
Radvylf Programs's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible