Questions tagged [privacy]

"Privacy" as used on this site is shorthand for the idea that personal data should be looked after, specifically data that is on the internet. It is also referred to as Data Privacy or Data Protection.

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How hard is to be the anonymous owner of a website?

I'd like to create a website with a very radical political message. It won't be unethical (encouraging violence, etc) but I feel the points I plan to list in it will definitely make me a lot of ...
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Is it possible to transfer a domain without a “gap” in Whois privacy protection?

I currently own several domains on which I am using a Whois privacy protection service to hide my personal details. In the near future, I would like to transfer some of these domains to a different ...
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How does Google Analytics know the sex, age, interests of visitors?

The demographics pane displays stats based on sex, age and interests. How did it learn this private information?
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Is it sufficient to secure a order status page just by a random URL?

After a (corporate) customer bought some items in our online shop, we send an email with an overview what he has bought to him. We'd like to inform our customer about received payments, packet ...
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Understanding the EU Cookie Directive Rules?

I work on a service that has multiple EU clients. The service is hosted and maintained in the US. Before I even worry about compliance, I'm trying to figure out whether my service needs to comply at ...
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Are there privacy considerations in using Google web fonts?

I am required to create the design of a website for my institution. I am not a designer or webmaster, and I am very badly informed in this area. I am already a bit stuck in the font selection. The ...
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Are there any legal implications to reading a user's privates messages on a forum?

I'm the webmaster of a forum and we are having trouble with a user and we suspect he uses privates messages to do illegal business (not illicit, but illegal according to the forum rules). Are their ...
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Can other domain registrars view non-public whois information?

If my domains are hosted at a registrar (lets take Gandi, for example) and it has privacy protection on the whois information, can another ICANN-accredited registrar (GoDaddy, for example) still view ...
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Do search engines lower your ranking for using private registration like WhoisGuard?

I am registering a new domain name from "namecheap.com" which offers free WhoisGuard for a year. There are numerous reasons not to list your contact information with your domain registrar, such as ...
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How can I keep my privacy while owning multiple domain names?

I want to own, create and run few domains. I do not want 'whois' to have my name, home address and home phone available to anyone who looks me up. I've already bought a mailbox that I can use for my ...
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Browser privacy improvement implications for websites

On https://panopticlick.eff.org/ EFF let you test the number of uniquely identifying bits that the browser gives a website. Among these are HTTP header fields such as User-Agent, Accept, Accept-...
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Cold calling using information from domain name WHOIS records

Increasingly I am receiving a lot of cold calls, especially every time after purchasing a domain name, from companies across the globe offering website design or app development services. The terms ...
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Do the “Contact us” and “Privacy policy” pages affect SEO?

Just like the title says, what are the effects of having a "Contact us" and a "Privacy policy" on your site? I've read that it could build up your trust with Google, is this true? I've also read that ...
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Is it ethical to use Google Analytics on a site crime victims use to make 'anonymous' reports?

Our local police force have a website for rape victims to use to report attacks anonymously. At the top of the page is a 'Report anonymously' link, which takes you to a page using Google Analytics as ...
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How can I protect my users' privacy when social share buttons may be pre-fetched?

I am making a site with privacy as one of its main topics. Subsequently, we want to make privacy a concern, by minimizing privacy violations for visitors of my site. (In this crazy world that is the ...
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.com domain registered offshore

I want to register a .com domain, without risking it being seized by America. Articles such as these worry me: http://www.wired.com/2012/03/feds-seize-foreign-sites/ http://www.pcworld.com/...
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how to keep a visitor 100% anonymous

Maybe a broad question, but how can you keep a visitor to your site 100% anonymous on your server. The site is written in PHP. No trace of what he or she has visited on your site. Any suggestions?
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Is it possible to use Whois Guard on dot pro domains?

I have purchased two dot pro domains but the holder info is exposed. Is it possible to use Whois Guard or the like on dot pro domains? If so, Do you know any service provider or registrar that offers ...
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How to prevent anyone from knowing that some domains are in the same server?

I am using some dedicated server with lots of different IPs. Some domains are put on different IPs. However, anyone can see that domaina.com is pointed to ns1.myserver.com. How to prevent that?
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Who is the real owner of a gTLD domain with Privacy Proxy?

I recently registered a .email domain planning to make it my primary personal email for the time being, with my registrar I accepted a privacy service, my thought was they were going to mask my ...
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Can spambots access pages available to only registered, authenticated users?

I have a web application where users register and are activated via an email sent to the email address they supplied. Then there are pages that are only visible to registered users (non-user access ...
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Are there specific legal issues for web developers working on sex dating sites?

Say I have created many ordinary websites which are not related to any dating/sexual content. Are the rules and regulations for a developer the same when making a sex-related dating site? I'm ...
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How to hide existence of a private blog?

I have a friend who would like to start a 'blog'. The problem is that she would like it to be private so that only people invited can read it. So I told her to use a private WordPress. But she said ...
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Website is under maintenance - how to restrict access?

Currently, my website is under maintenance. I want to be the only person who's able to access/view the website online until I finish maintenance. How to set restrictions to others? I hate stalkers.
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What kind of information can websites collect about a user/client?

This is a multi-part question: 1) What kind of information can websites collect about someone (someone's computer or device) when they visit your website? I know we log IP's, and can determine your ...
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Is adding Disqus to website safe for user privacy?

Some guides (see gohugo.io or webmasters.stackexchange.com for examples) recommend Disqus as a commenting feature for static sites. Is adding Disqus to a website safe for user privacy? UPD Should I ...
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Should I indicate that the user exists or was deleted on the error page?

On an ordinary public website, the user's profile is always publicly visible to all visitors (such as Stack Overflow), where they can limit certain pieces of information via privacy settings or just ...
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Which country's privacy policy is applicable to my website?

I'm searching a lot but, I am getting different opinions from different sources. Some internet sources are saying, privacy policy applicable to country where your websites's data center (hosted) is, ...
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Does AdSense script send website content to Google servers?

I am running a web application where I want to place context-sensitive ads in. The content being displayed is private data of my users (not visible to the public), like email content and such. Thus, ...
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How can I give my users the proof that their data are encrypted?

I want to implement a feature on my website that will hold private client data. I want to promote this feature, but how can I give my clients a guarantee or proof that their data are encrypted and ...
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List of usage information to collect in a web application

I'm writing a web application that will allow people to create accounts, edit stuff, send stuff to people, &c. I plan on recording things like when things were created and sent and stuff. Is ...
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Transfer domain from one registrar to another, with privacy [duplicate]

I want to transfer a domain from one domain name registrar to another, without revealing my contact information. I use domain privacy services. The registrars tell me I need to disable domain ...
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Google Tag Manager Uses iframe, is this problematic for IE?

Internet Explorer has a non-standard P3P privacy policy implementation (what a surprise). This prevents cookies from being loaded in iframes. Google Tag Manager uses an iframe. Does this cause ...
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How can I make my website compliant with various data protection and spamming laws?

On our website we collect an awful lot of personal information. People upload their CVs, and when they use their social networks to log in, we collect information from there too. We use this ...
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List of services for privatizing whois information

I am registered with a domain name registrar which does not offer an anonymous whois service. However, I am interested in using some third-party service to keep my whois information private. Are there ...
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Using gmail / Google apps affecting ranking

In the company i work in our boss has told us to stop using gmail for any kind of company communications including not using google apps anymore. He said that he was told that with the new Google ...
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Is logging personally identifiable information a bad practice or violation of law?

I know we all do semi-anonymous logging (server logs, Google Analytics, etc.). However, on one of our external web applications, we have some non-reproducible errors that the external users report ...
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Adblock Plus blocking a lot of ads on webpages that don't even have ads?

I was just checking my own website and noticed that Adblock Plus v1.9 blocked 13 ads on one of my pages and another 4 on one other. This is interesting to me because I have no ads on my site. I'm ...
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Privacy Policy and Terms of Use for subdomains in USA

I have a site which has two sub domains. One is forum and another is listing site. The main site has privacy policy. Do I need to have separate privacy policy and term & conditions page for each ...
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Google analytics/adwords account and leaking of private data

I am frequently asked to log into clients google analytics and adwords accounts. If I forget to log out before visiting other google properties (google search, youtube etc), this leaves tracks of my ...
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Blocking Search Engines to Crawl Parts of a Website?

<div id="papers" NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW"> content -- Does this work to block search engines to crawl me? </div>
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Private transfer of a domain name to a new owner

I am a member of a forum. The current owner of the forum does not want to run it any longer. He wishes to transfer the forum to me. The former owner does not wish to reveal his name to me and I don't ...
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Does it affect privacy policies or legal liability when we can identify users through analytics?

Currently we are using Google Analytics and provide a simple template generated privacy policy, i.e. standard policy on cookies, anonymous tracking, etc. Some more advanced solutions such as mixpanel ...
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Mailing list and privacy

I'm going to start a mailing list for my website and I'm concerned about my users' privacy (regarding their addresses, contents not allowed, etc.. I'm kind of new to these things). Is there any ...
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Amazon s3 webmaster privacy

If I am hosting a site on Amazon Web Services, how easy is it for someone to work out that I'm behind it, for example if it's a controversial campaign issue. WHOIS privacy with the domain registrar ...
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Keeping files private on the internet (.htaccess password or software/php/wordpress password)

I was asked a while ago to setup a server such that only authenticated users can access files. It was like a test server for clients to view WIP sites. More recently, I want to do something similar ...
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How can I send emails linking to an anonymous website without them being classified as spam?

I’ve been trying to set up an anonymous website so I can blog my thoughts on some controversial topics without them being traced back to me. I found a post on here that perfectly fit my situation: How ...
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Transfer domain from godaddy to another registrar and (somewhat) maintain privacy?

Does anyone know if its possible in any ways to do this? Transfer a private domain (via domainsbyproxy) registered at godaddy to another registrar. While I know moving a domain from godaddy requires ...
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What could be the points to keep in mind while displaying user contact details to public?

I'm building a domain whois lookup site, where I need to display the public contact details of the domain registrant. (sample whois) Since the details of public registrations without domain privacy ...
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How long will deleted content will be visible on search engines and why?

I posted a note on Facebook an then set the privacy mode to "visible to me only", and then deactivated my account, and then deleted the note, but the screen of it still appears on the indexed results ...