[INDOLOGY] Academia.edu and privacy issues
Brendan S. Gillon, Prof.
brendan.gillon at mcgill.ca
Wed Nov 25 02:51:00 UTC 2020
I had a similar problem with academia.edu. I have made two attempts to unsubscribe.
Brendan S. Gillon email: brendan.gillon at mcgill.ca
Department of Linguistics
McGill University tel.: 001 514 398 4868
1085, Avenue Docteur-Penfield
Montreal, Quebec fax.: 001 514 398 7088
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From: INDOLOGY <indology-bounces at list.indology.info> on behalf of Dominik Wujastyk via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
Sent: November 24, 2020 9:46 PM
To: Harry Spier <vasishtha.spier at gmail.com>
Cc: Indology <indology at list.indology.info>
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Academia.edu and privacy issues
This is worrying. I've been getting Academia.edu "push" suggestions too, but I haven't connected them with my emails.
Gmail emails are encrypted by default, end-to-end. TLS encryption (as long as the recipient has TLS too). So Academia.edu can't see them.
Google searches are public (see the fascinating Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Everybody Lies), but not who did the searching afaik.
It's hard to know how this is happening, but it is a bit creepy. I'll ask the Academia.edu people.
On Tue, 24 Nov 2020 at 16:06, Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
Dear list members,
I'm sharing this with the list since so many members also use Academia.edu.
A while back I had an email exchange with a list member and the same day I received an email from Academia.edu highlighting a paper by the list member I'd just been emailing. Today I received an email from a colleague not a member of Academia.edu. That email discussed a particular hymn and had the hymns name in the email title. Within 15 minutes of receiving that email, I received an email from Academia.edu highlighting an article about the hymn I'd just been emailed about.
I use Gmail. I think this means that if you are a Academia.edu member and also a gmail user, then Academia.edu knows who and when you email someone or someone emails you, the title of the email and possibly the contents of the email.
As far as I can see looking at the Gmail privacy, Gmail doesn't say they don't share email contents and I think to join Academia.edu you have to give them access to your contents list.
I've removed Academia.edu from access to my contacts list and hopefully this will solve the problem.
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