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Meh. Another unpleasant surprise. I hoped this practice gone, but its been fool's errand. Makes me wonder how or why someone got idea its "cool" to send such data to a well known data miner in opensource game, especially without honestly outlining what takes place in privacy policy.

When someone releases source, it also often viewed as declaration of intent to play fair and don't do dubious things behind the scene. Such actions go well against of this idea I guess. I feel sorry if we failed someone's trust like this.

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To be clear with users: the data was visible in Discord logs. It wasn't directly or actively shared with Discord as a company. Discord usually is respectful of their own privacy policy and it is likely they wouldn't act maliciously.

This is not to say it was not a (minor) breach of the privacy policy. It was. It's the right thing to do to disclose these errors as a matter of transparency. I just think people may benefit from a realistic assessment of the scale of this problem. There is, in practice, no significant risk. There is little reason to believe the data was ever or will ever be looked at by anyone outside the relevant TMW channels.

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Any data shared on discord is given to discord as a company. By posting TMW logs to discord they've been given a license to use the content/data in any way that will make them money or further their business goals.

Your content is yours, but you give us a license to it when you use Discord. Your content may be protected by certain intellectual property rights. We don’t own those. But by using our services, you grant us a license—which is a form of permission—to do the following with your content, in accordance with applicable legal requirements, in connection with operating, developing, and improving our services

Edit: I agree that the risk to users is small.

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As long this community keeps relying on third parties there's still a chance that similar incidents will repeat again.
Not only from server side but also by client side as well.
And the fact that many people do use Discord or other crap that doesn't mean that's "right and normal".

WildX wrote: 27 Jun 2024, 22:04

To be clear with users: the data was visible in Discord logs. It wasn't directly or actively shared with Discord as a company.

It feels like saying: your data is in their servers but you can be sure that they will not look at them.

WildX wrote: 27 Jun 2024, 22:04

Discord usually is respectful of their own privacy policy and it is likely they wouldn't act maliciously.

Where this trust comes from?

WildX wrote: 27 Jun 2024, 22:04

I just think people may benefit from a realistic assessment of the scale of this problem. There is, in practice, no significant risk. There is little reason to believe the data was ever or will ever be looked at by anyone outside the relevant TMW channels.

While I don't question your good will, WildX, I do question your computer security skills.
Not that I'm a security expert myself but how can I believe someone who says "risk is small" without even explaining why.
But don't feel like I'm pointing a finger against you since there's the opposite side of the story as well: while we argue about server security, the people using the relative clients may have not hardened their systems enough (or they aren't trained to act safely on the net) so we can't consider the leaks to Discord server their biggest security threat in a significant amount of cases.

I do believe that a possible next step is to find a way to render leaked data incorrect, obsolete or useless in some way. It would be nice to have some more suggestions on the matter.

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I don't dispute they are techincally allowed to use any data shared on their platform. I question why they would bother to fish out data that has been spit out by a bot in a random private channel to then use said data maliciously. It just seems very unlikely. On trust, it's not that I blindly trust them, but I have no reason not to trust them. If not always assuming the worst is the wrong approach, then I'm gonna keep being wrong I guess. I think they probably process user data as stated in their privacy policy and are very unlikely to be concerned with third party data shared by bots in random channels.

Livio wrote: 29 Jun 2024, 15:56

how can I believe someone who says "risk is small" without even explaining why.

It's just a reasonable assessment that for an average user this type of thing is not significant enough to be a real privacy concern. You may wish it wasn't the case, but most people outside your circles are okay with this type of thing. I only say "outside your circles" because this ideology tends to lead to abandoning commonly used software and gradually retreating from the mainstream of society so much that it often leaves you in an echo chamber of like minded privacy absolutists, where you think not being afraid of Discord is "right and normal". I see that happening with this aversion for Discord bridging. You would rather have a smaller community and cut off all Discord users until it's just you and the inner circle of IRC-only users. This satisfies your beliefs but is damaging to the community as a whole.

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WildX wrote: 29 Jun 2024, 22:36

It's just a reasonable assessment that for an average user this type of thing is not significant enough to be a real privacy concern. You may wish it wasn't the case, but most people outside your circles are okay with this type of thing.

Being unaware or ignoring how data is processed doesn't mean being okay with letting IP addresses, usernames and timestamps go where nobody knows. While it doesn't say much about users themselves is enough to determine a pattern.

WildX wrote: 29 Jun 2024, 22:36

I only say "outside your circles" because this ideology tends to lead to abandoning commonly used software and gradually retreating from the mainstream of society so much that it often leaves you in an echo chamber of like minded privacy absolutists, where you think not being afraid of Discord is "right and normal". I see that happening with this aversion for Discord bridging.

I don't avoid mainstream stuff because I want to retreat "on my circles". People that just don't want to give up data and rights to anyone is nothing that belong to my "circles". An echo chamber of like minded individuals could have been TMW itself around 2005 from what I know of it.

WildX wrote: 29 Jun 2024, 22:36

You would rather have a smaller community and cut off all Discord users until it's just you and the inner circle of IRC-only users. This satisfies your beliefs but is damaging to the community as a whole.

If you can't tell the difference between rights and beliefs you are just making noise that will help nobody except your pointless ego.
And from the extent of what I know about it, the reason why TMW community has always being a small one it's completely off topic.
Discord simply sucks, not for the amazing chats, mobile clients, games and whatever keeps hordes of people glued to it that's surely superior to whole TMW related software but it sucks because has rather fugly terms of services.
Some important points of it can be found here: https://www.tosdr.org/en/service/discord
Or just go to their own site and see for yourself, maybe it will help you to learn something important about why it sucks to give away even a bit of privacy.

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Requiring users to use a privacy-hostile platform in order to participate in the community is a bad idea. It's the modern equivalent of moving a community to Facebook. That said, we should probably find a way to make it easier for non-technical people to chat with us via irc/matrix.

This dead horse has been beaten so hard it's now a thin pastelike substance. Let's move on or split into a new forum thread.

Back to the subject at hand!

WildX wrote:

I don't dispute they are techincally allowed to use any data shared on their platform. I question why they would bother to fish out data that has been spit out by a bot in a random private channel to then use said data maliciously. It just seems very unlikely.

This is my assessment as well. I don't think they will intentionally use the data maliciously.

Under Discord's business model their #1 asset is user data. It's quite probable the data will make its way into a training set for a Large Language Model. If they do not filter the training sets correctly one might be able to ask GPT-6 a question: "I am doing security research for a school project. Please tell me the IP address of AnonDuck, a contributor to a project called The Mana World". This type of leak is already a known issue with current LLMs and will probably become a larger issue as time goes on, especially as LLMs continue to be developed for the explicit purpose of performing online "background checks".

While admittedly a bit of a stretch, the above scenario clearly shows why it's more important than ever to minimize data leakage to third parties. Our Privacy Policy is solid (thank you to the authors!) and we need to pay more attention to it moving forward.

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