I am concerned about my privacy - what do I do?
Jigidi is an online service with open access to the world as we believe in the power of worldwide interconnectivity. This is a fact of Jigidi; but what if you are concerned about your online privacy - what to do about this open access to the world?
This page is to give you some general guidance on that.
Adding to this, we will, in the following, give some sound advice on how you, as an individual, can take action to protect your privacy when online.
Withhold your personal information
The most crucial advice for online activity is always to consider what personal information you publish or provide to a service. Whenever possible, it is best to avoid it. And this also applies in private forums and in unpublished puzzles on Jigidi (you can read more about published/unpublished later in this text)
So - what is personal information?
Personal Identifiable Information
The privacy laws focus on a specific term: "Personal Identifiable Information". Note the "Identifiable". The point to aim for is not to disclose information that could pinpoint who you are. Your last name, the name of the street you live on, your phone number is all pieces of information that will make it easier to identify you.
Understanding this, you can still share your thoughts, dreams, memories - your take on the world - while taking care not to give away any 'Personal Identifiable Information'.
Jigidi cannot entirely safeguard information
Another important perspective is that even if you trust the other part completely, we cannot ensure that the technical framework will never fail. For the sake of argument - suppose Jigidi gets targeted by hackers or one of our service providers experience a security breach. In that case, we cannot ensure complete safety of your personal data.
Although the scenario is unlikely to happen, it is worth to consider on any online platform.
Can you share your email?
Your email can be relatively safe to share, as it does tell anything about you (unless your name is part of the email address). But if you feel unsafe sharing it, you can sign up for an additional one (for instance, on Google) for the purpose to give out to people you're not entirely sure about.
Puzzles that have been published are available on Jigidi to anyone using the website. That's how it has been since the very first puzzle was published back in 2007.
As anyone using the website can view published puzzles and read the comments, Google can also do so; thus, published puzzles can be found searching on Google.
Puzzles that haven't been published are just that: unpublished puzzles, meaning while you can solve them and invite others in for a chat, their existence is not known to the general audience of Jigidi and the world around us. But they are not protected safe spaces, as it is possible for those with access to the puzzle to let others know about it.
In many aspects, they resemble a private conversation. Suppose you tell secrets or personal information in a private conversation. In that case, you trust the other party to withhold that information from a broader audience. It's the same in an unpublished puzzle.
If none of you shares that puzzle, via the sharing options available to you on Jigidi or by copying the location (the URL) of the puzzle to somewhere neither Google nor any social media platform will know its existence, as the link to the puzzle only is known to you, your friend (and the Jigidi platform, but away from the general audience).
How to remove all your data from Jigidi