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Discussion in 'Site Help, Feedback, & Announcements' started by Cookiegal, Apr 13, 2018.

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  1. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    Many members post frequently and develop online friendships here, particularly but not exclusively in the community forums. Unfortunately though, once in a while a cherished member suddenly stops posting and logging into their account so we wonder if something bad has happened to them or they just decided to move on and follow other passions. Either way, it's unsettling for the other members who remain.

    So I thought that perhaps we should set up some sort of confidential information database where users could provide the name and telephone number of a relative or friend who we could contact in such cases (only if they wish of course).
     
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  2. Gr3iz

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    I would be willing to provide contact info for a private database, if you/Mike were serious about that.
     
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  3. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    That was my idea and I don't know if it's something that Mike would want to implement but I could discuss it with him if we get enough interest.
     
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    It's an interesting idea that we'll have to discuss. On one hand, I'm hesitant to store personal contact details -- especially that of family members who may have no idea who we are. Perhaps sending that information to another user for safe-keeping, but not officially maintaining it on the site, would help reduce my liability for privacy/confidentiality/etc. Definitely worth discussing!
     
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    I would agree with you Mike, I don't share my internet activities with family or friends, the idea of sharing with another user/ online friend could work
     
  6. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    Giving the information to another user could work as Dotty suggests but we should be told who that user is so that we can contact them in case they don't visit the site for a while.

    Perhaps Mike a field could be entered in someone's profile such as "other member to contact in case of emergency" or something like that where the users actually have to enter it themselves?
     
  7. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    I've edited the first post to add a paragraph to better preface the reason for the discussion.
     
  8. Gr3iz

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    There are a few people I feel comfortable with, on this site, that I'd be willing to share my info. Chuck W. already has my home address, as I do his.
     
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    I wouldn't be comfortable sharing my address, it's certainly making me think about what I could do though.
     
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    How about an emergency contact phone number ONLY list without name, address, relation, etc.?

    I'll try to stay "above ground" a few more years and not cause any concerns.

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    personal info data base - in the wrong hands can be frightful and turn into a nightmare for all involved.

    phone number only data base - doing a phone number search on the internet will turn up name, address etc.

    neither of those are good ideas. just my two cents.
     
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    That is fraught with dangers and almost certainly against EU GDPR regulations which US entities offering any service to EU members have to comply with.

    It is holding the data, even a name, email address or phone number of a 3rd party who hasn't given their express consent that would be illegal
    Even if a member inserts his neighbour's, or relative's details them selves. Until that neighbour or relative gives the site their written consent to hold that data Mike is committing an offence. It looks like USA & other countries worldwide are also going to introduce their own version of GDPR which will be basically the same as EU one very soon, tahnks to Facebook & Cambridge analytics and their shenanigans
     
  13. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    Which brings me back to my other suggestion
    I don't mean to enter a real name, address or telephone number, just the other person's username which we already have and then we would have to contact them through the email address they already gave us when they registered or by sending them a private message (personal conversation). It should be something that users can't do when registering as it could be abused.

    On second thought, maybe it's better that it be something that they have to ask us to enter for them and then we would contact that other user to see if they are in agreement?

    Or maybe it's just too complicated to work. It was just a thought to avoid the "not knowing" when people disappear without any trace. :(
     
  14. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    Maybe we should just make users take an oath that they will never disappear. I mean they can check out any time they like but they can never leave à la Hotel California. :D
     
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    Better bury that in the fine print ... ;-)
     
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