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GoTo says

KitteroVintage--The messages that did go out were received January 31, before you joined. By the time you joined the TOU were reworded so that you technically agreed to share this info on the site if you entered it when joining.

Yes, and the TOU was very much different back in 2008 when I first joined, and even further back for others. Do we all have to keep reading the TOU and Privacy sections to keep up with everything Etsy's doing? The goalposts are changing by the week!
schOOLLOcker says

Admin, please answer.

... please confirm & explain:

Did you notify every single registered user (sellers and buyers) that

1. the privacy policy was being changed
2. registered users are now searchable by their email address and a person must opt-out of this feature
3. if you did explain the opt-out feature, did you give clear instructions on how to do this??


4. does etsy have plans to notify everyone that they are now searchable by both their username AND real name (if provided) AND this feature is also opt-out only?

I will add that I actually think #4 should be OPT-IN only so that emails don't have to be sent and customers are ok from the get-go....but we know about Etsy's "Compulsory Opt In" mode for everything already:(

Etsy need to give people choices, especially with the Social and People Search aspects and there would be less hassle all around if things were made to be OPT IN.

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Inactive Etsy Member 1:41pm Mar 13, 2011 EDT
I'll never buy from Etsy as long as my purchase history is public and sometimes (who knows anymore?) linked to real names. You sell gay books. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?
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Inactive Etsy Member 3:19pm Mar 13, 2011 EDT
I'll bet Vanessa is just thrilled that this page is even now being downloaded by into permanent, searchable storage:

Note how she lied in her user feedback to conceal what she was buying. Sucks to be her!

Or here's a post from a forum: "Found an XXL glass dildo with veins and swirled gold coloring (beautiful piece really) and checked to see if anyone favorited it. Someone did. She also favorited some cosplay cat eat hats and a bell collar/necklace thing. Then I found her on Facebook."

Epic fail.
When I thought you could only be searched by your full name, I felt this was a tactless, ignorant move that ultimately didn't affect me.

But now I can see that any user's purchase and feedback history can be viewed. Never mind the fact that profiles are set to public by default. No, what annoys me is your ridiculous excuses for why you deem it necessary for buyers' profiles to be so easily accessed.

If it wasn't for the the quality of the products, I'd be closing my account in an instant. Though I may do so regardless. This is highly suspect under PIPEDA, if it doesn't directly violate it, and I will be contacting the federal Privacy Commissioner.
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (abbreviated PIPEDA or PIPED Act) is a Canadian law relating to data privacy. It governs how private-sector organizations collect, use and disclose personal information in the course of commercial business. In addition, the Act contains various provisions to facilitate the use of electronic documents. PIPEDA became law on 13 April 2000 to promote consumer trust in electronic commerce. The act was also intended to reassure the European Union that the Canadian privacy law was adequate to protect the personal information of European citizens.

PIPEDA incorporates and makes mandatory provisions of the Canadian Standards Association's Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information, developed in 1995.

"Personal Information", as specified in PIPEDA, is as follows: information about an identifiable individual, but does not include the name, title or business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization.

The law gives individuals the right to

* know why an organization collects, uses or discloses their personal information;
* expect an organization to collect, use or disclose their personal information reasonably and appropriately, and not use the information for any purpose other than that to which they have consented;
* know who in the organization is responsible for protecting their personal information;
* expect an organization to protect their personal information by taking appropriate security measures;
* expect the personal information an organization holds about them to be accurate, complete and up-to-date;
* obtain access to their personal information and ask for corrections if necessary; and
* complain about how an organization handles their personal information if they feel their privacy rights have not been respected.

The law requires organizations to

* obtain consent when they collect, use or disclose their personal information;
* supply an individual with a product or a service even if they refuse consent for the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information unless that information is essential to the transaction;
* collect information by fair and lawful means; and
* have personal information policies that are clear, understandable and readily available.

Though the Act requires that affected organizations comply with the CSA Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information, there are a number of exceptions to Code where information can be collected, used and disclosed without the consent of the individual. Examples include for investigations related to law enforcement or in the event of an emergency. There are also exceptions to the general rule that an individual shall be given access to his or her personal information.
It’s important to note that you can make your purchase history private. You can change your account setting to keep your purchase history private by going to Your Account > Settings > Privacy. If you choose to keep your purchase history private, when others view your feedback as a buyer (or feedback left as a buyer) they will not see your username or details about the item you purchased.

I’m going to wrap this up now. Feel free to continue this discussion, but please don’t call out in the process. From the Do’s and Don’ts:

• Discussing a specific member, shop or item (either by name or with identifiable hints) in a negative way is not allowed. This is referred to as "calling out."


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