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f064fb5ddb9041bc8a4cb0024 wrote

I have a few questions regarding this instance and how it works when in contact with others, I'm trying to find the best one in terms of privacy and since there are a lot of them and the vast amount don't care about that specifically I've decided to use PTio's one -which still isn't great since they haven't dedicated a lot of work as their main site-.

Do you log any kind of users' data? Do you keep data after account deletion? Does your instance connects with Gab instances? If you do any of the previous, would you mind changing those? Do you know if other instances have access to this data even if yours doesn't collect it?

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nbdy OP wrote (edited )

Do you log any kind of users' data?

Do you keep data after account deletion?

ni.hil.ist uses the standard config on most things, including logging and account deletion, which you can look up yourself. The TOS also has some info for you -> https://ni.hil.ist/terms. As well, it would be naive to just take my word for what I do or don't log, that's why I try to make it easy to connect over Tor do you can take some of your privacy into your own hands.

Does your instance connects with Gab instances?

Blocking gab was one of the first things I did lol.

Do you know if other instances have access to this data even if yours doesn't collect it?

They don't have access to ip addresses, however the server admins of other instances can see your toots/dms to a user who uses their instance. I suggest adding alternate messaging services to your bio no matter which instance you choose.

I'm happy to answer other questions about the instance but if you want to know anything about the mastodon protocol rtfm :)

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f064fb5ddb9041bc8a4cb0024 wrote

ni.hil.ist uses the standard config on most things, including logging and account deletion, which you can look up yourself. The TOS also has some info for you -> https://ni.hil.ist/terms. As well, it would be naive to just take my word for what I do or don't log, that's why I try to make it easy to connect over Tor some of your privacy into your own hands.

Do you think it would be possible to change the way data is being handled or do you see it as totally necessary for the instance to work? It would be nice to have a Raddle companion that also does not log.

Blocking gab was one of the first things I did lol.

Great, lol.

They don't have access to ip addresses, however the server admins of other instances can see your toots/dms to a user who uses their instance. I suggest adding alternate messaging services to your bio no matter which instance you choose.

WTF with the DMs, that's creepy and unnecessary, I understand that toots are public so it makes sense, but DMs should be private, they are personal information.

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nbdy OP wrote

Do you think it would be possible to change the way data is being handled or do you see it as totally necessary for the instance to work? It would be nice to have a Raddle companion that also does not log.

Raddle logs. All http logs. And anyone who claims otherwise is being disingenuous at best, and malicious at worst. I would like to adjust some of the retention policies but making adjustments that are out of spec runs other risks. There's currently a mastodon pull request to ad ip blocking and I will definitely utilize this when it's available. I will also repeat that you shouldn't trust me. I don't trust the hosting provider of the site, nor do I trust the fiber optic cables my data is sent through.

WTF with the DMs, that's creepy and unnecessary, I understand that toots are public so it makes sense, but DMs should be private, they are personal information.

These things aren't accessible from the GUI at all but are likely in the database somewhere. I haven't looked so I can't say certainly. Otherwise, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I think it's partially a moderation thing. Also that end to end encryption is hard.

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