A different kind of regretsy

Did you guys hear about the new Etsy business? They made an exciting new option that makes anyone able to find you by your real name (not just your username) and find a list of stuff you’ve bought from Etsy. And they went ahead and opted us all in to it! Here’s an example of why this is really not awesome:

I just found a woman who’s Etsy profile comes up on Google as the 5th link. I was expecting 6 or 7 pages down, but it’s on the very first page, right after her online resumes (four of ‘em – so I guess she’s looking for work and this cannot be helping). She signed up a year ago, under the old privacy policy, and hasn’t logged in since 2010.

And now I know what dildo she uses. Right down to the curvature and coloring.

Yikes! For more information, including how to change your settings so that this doesn’t happen to you, read this article on the Mary Sue.



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