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Reading PMs on Google!

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I just learned (on another forum) that Private Messages can be googled and read by others... has anyone else heard of this? Is it true, and if so, is it for all forums or just some?
post #2 of 17
I do NOT believe this at all.
post #3 of 17
I don't think it is for real!!!
I do know that Mods can read PMs on SOME forums though.
post #4 of 17
I wouldn't think so, you need to be logged in & have the password to even see your own pm's?! I don't buy it...
post #5 of 17
I seriously doubt this, and I can assure you this Mod can't read any Pm's other than her own.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
I seriously doubt this, and I can assure you this Mod can't read any Pm's other than her own.
I'm sorry Karen but that just cracked me up!
post #7 of 17
I just tried to do it myself by copy/pasting pieces of out of my pm box and putting them in quotes and searching. Nothing came up for any of them.

I was once suprised when I searched for something and one of my own posts here came up, but be assured it was in a public forum, not a pm.

That would be scary if it were true!
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by snosrap5 View Post
I'm sorry Karen but that just cracked me up!
post #9 of 17
I didn't mean on TCS.
I belonged to a dog site and know for a fact that Mods there could read them. I had 2 of them tell me to delete my PMs as they had personl info in them.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
With the number of PMs you get in a day you wouldn't have the time to be reading other people's PMs too anyway

Usually it is only an Admin who can read PMs - not the mods

I doubt you can read them on Google though, the PL is hidden and PMs have the same type of security
post #11 of 17
WTH???? Is it pick on Karen day???
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
WTH???? Is it pick on Karen day???
If so, can anyone join?
Just kidding Karen!
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post

Karen, it sounded like you have trouble keeping up with your own PM's let alone everyone elses!!!

Besides I enjoy picking on you!
post #14 of 17
The pm's on this site are just that... private messages. Nobody else can login to your account and read them; not mods, not admin and not even the "admin guinea pig" Cheeseface. Google cannot spider your pm's either.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
WTH???? Is it pick on Karen day???
I missed it, can we have another day for this????
post #16 of 17
Just to add, since I'm here. I can't read any of the PM's either (other than my own). Admins can't even tell what your account password is btw, so couldn't log in under your name and read it. It really is private.

Yes, there are special add-ons for this forum software that allow admins to read PM's. They are not endored by Vbulletin and we do not use them here.

That said, everything is stored in the database, even if encrypted. If you read our privacy policy here, you'll see this -
Legal Disclosures of Information

Except under the following circumstances, TCS will not share your personally identifiable information with a third party without your prior consent. There are a limited number of situations where we may disclose your personal information to others without first receiving your consent: (1) when legally ordered to do so by a lawful subpoena or court order, (2) if we believe conduct by you will harm the property or rights of TCS , or (3) under exigent circumstances to protect the physical safety of TCS, its employees, users or the general public.

Hope this helps
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info, everyone!
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