Post by Luke Skywalker on Aug 10, 2014 7:46:59 GMT -5
The issue has never come up here on the IRA but I have been asked the question several times over the years.
Can anyone view my pms? Moderators? Staff?
This question came up several years ago and after an extensive google search on the subject I found the following.
The answer is a big no. Most, if not all forum software does NOT allow this function. It doesn't matter what forum you're on. They all operate the same way. It can't be purchased by a plug in. The only person that can view your pms are you, the person you're sending them to, or anyone you give your login credentials to. And of course the NSA.
Forums hosts like proboards, godaddy, simple machines, etc won't allow pms to be viewed. I guess if you found a forum that was hosted by a private individual that created their own software package then you might be susceptible. But all of the big name forum hosts don't allow this function.
Your private messages are just that. PRIVATE messages.
An interesting story.
Years ago on another forum we had a member threaten to kill people. The Internet crime division got involved in an attempt to locate the person and diffuse a possible situation. In an effort to learn who this member was, even the Internet crime division was unable to access pms.
As the Domain Admin. for an ~18,000 users Google Apps Enterprise domain account, I can confirm that I cannot access any of my user-base individual's Google+ PM's, private Hangouts, etc. (I cannot attest to what Google's employee's can/cannot access; I have, luckily, not had any legal calling to even try to pursue doing so.) I also cannot peruse private Google Documents, but I can disable accounts and transfer ownership of documents to others; if the account is not disabled, then the account is notified of any admin. document transfers. PM's on cloud-hosted applications, in general, have pretty tight privacy/restriction policies - much more so than Email.
if people are so worried about it, don't join a little corner of the internet devoted to replica props/customs/camaraderie/and things Star Wars..
Just turn off the computer and close all the blinds..
Actually: disconnect the computer from any potential networking source, (and pull / disable any wireless, rf, or bluetooth devices), place the computer in a sealed lead box, and sit quietly in a tinfoil wrapped room while wearing a tinfoil cap.