I was absolutely flabbergasted to learn that Paper is showing everyone who visits my doc the email addresses of everyone who previously visited the doc (presumably while signed into their Dropbox account).
I have no idea why this would be a good idea and I cannot see any way to disable this functionality. Please tell me it's possible to stop this, else I may have to stop using Paper.
Note that I've been using Paper from a personal (paid) Dropbox account... not sure from the online docs that it would behave any differently from a business account??
Being able to comment is most certainly not the same thing as read-only. That's why these settings are different in Google Docs.
Sharing a doc with a large audience seems like an entirely separate use case from sharing a folder... this is a huge design flaw and privacy violation. I'm just sending people a link to read something... they have zero expectation that by clicking on that link, their email address will be shown to someone else. Nor should they!
I am truly concerned and shocked.
Yeah it would appear that Paper is not designed for the use case I have in mind: Broadly sharing a document with people who have no relationship to one another. Which may be the single biggest use case of the Internet lol.
But regardless, exposing people's email addesses without their knowledge is a huge problem/mistake in my opinion for all of Dropbox's product surface area. You guys should seriously rethink that ASAP.
I am also surprised that viewers of a Dropbox Paper document have their email addresses shared. Also, the owner of the Dropbox Paper document cannot hide his/her email address from viewers (if they are logged in).
This does make it impossible to share a Dropbox Paper for a large audience to read, since I would also be sharing my email address with them, (and they with me and maybe each other), and email addresses are personally identifiable information, and magnets for spam, I do not want email addresses to be shared.
An email address is personally identifiable information, and there may be legal implications to sharing email addresses publicly, but I am not a lawyer.
Yeah this is a huge problem. I was creating a document for distribution without realizing that all viewers could see my email address because I created the Paper document.
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