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Asked: Sep 23 '14 at 10:50

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Last updated: Sep 24 '14 at 05:29

I think this is an important question concerning privacy and anonymity. Could you please tell me whether IQ keeps a record of previous email addresses (such as when a change is performed by the user)? Do you keep history of changes of other user information also?

Thank you very much for IQ! (life saver).

asked Sep 23 '14 at 10:50

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The Inward Quest FAQ states:

Please remember that everything that is posted to the site, even if deleted within an hour, is stored in our database and can always be viewed by the site moderators later even if it is not viewable publicly. So never post anything to the site that you do not wish others to see. The moderators will take action if they notice the delete function being abused e.g. for private chatting, or intimidating other members

On a daily basis, Inward Quest attracts a constant stream of spammers, trolls, bots, script kiddies, even people who don't like the information available, and we have fairly sophisticated and effective counter-measures in place to deal with it all. Hence it is a relatively clean and noise-free site as compared to many on the internet. We do not disclose what specific information we use, store and track in order to mitigate these disruptive elements otherwise it would provide information to them that would allow them to negate our systems. It would be better for you to assume that you cannot hide any activities/information from the site administrators.

But I would also add that the site administrators have no interest at all in any information provided to and logged by the Inward Quest system except to mitigate the disruptive elements I've mentioned. No ordinary user of this site has any access to any information except that which you have provided publically. We are interested in providing an open & honest, easy-to-access, hostility-free place on the internet for people to submit/gather/exchange relevant information. Beyond that, we have no interest in who you are or what you do.

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answered Sep 23 '14 at 12:01

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Hi Simon, thank you; but I don't believe I've explained my angle very well. It's a matter of personal security. If for example the data IQ stores ends up in the wrong hands, users' email addresses can reveal personal information about them and be used for personal attacks. So if IQ keeps a history of email addresses, I would rather create a separate email account for IQ matching my alias, and not fear that what I write (e.g. something which might offend some religious groups or who knows who) will bite me on the backsite one day, just because I exposed my real identity to the site.

(Sep 23 '14 at 12:46) einfsof

To clarify, people often use their full names in their email addresses.

(Sep 23 '14 at 12:46) einfsof
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While we take far more security precautions than any similar site I know of, no honest website operator would tell you that their site is completely hack-proof. If personal anonymity is as important as your tone indicates, I suggest you either refrain from participating or take whatever precautions you need to take without relying on us to shield you. As a general principle, I would never rely on any external internet-based entity to safeguard your information if personal security is paramount. Always better to take your own precautions to maintain your anonymity.

(Sep 23 '14 at 13:34) Simon Templeton ♦♦

Thank you.

(Sep 24 '14 at 05:29) einfsof
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