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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_maintenance 2016-11-29 08:45 pm (UTC)

Yeah, we'd fight any subpoena or government order to turn over user content, especially if it had a gag order associated with it, as a matter of course, but we're limited by the fact that we're US citizens living in the US and the company is registered in the US -- having the servers themselves outside the US wouldn't get us much. (Especially since I don't actually know of any hosting companies located outside the US, in a jurisdiction with stricter privacy laws than the US, that doesn't cooperate with US demands to turn over information.) And really, I'd hate to give people an impression that things were more secure than we could make them, which I think is what "the servers aren't in the US!" would give -- if someone's afraid of what the US government could do with what they'd posted to DW, just having the servers located elsewhere doesn't do anything for other methods of getting to it. People who would be endangered by somebody getting their hands on their data need a level of operational security that's hard to get unless the service is specifically designed for it, and often not even then (cf the evidence that the FBI has a Tor exploit they were deploying earlier this year).

(In terms of general "I don't want my personal data collected" privacy, though, you already get a huge benefit on DW over many other sites in that we don't have advertising! We don't collect behavioral data or have tracking cookies or the various things that advertisers do to try to sell to you more efficiently. Which is something, at least!)

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