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What are email addresses used for during a file request?

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What are email addresses used for during a file request?

Explorer | Level 4

Hello

 

When you recieve a file request you have to put in your first,name, lastname and email address. I udnerstand why you have to give your first and lastname, but why do you have to give your email address?

 

Also do dropbox use email addresses to contact people at a later date? For example for advertising purposes. 

 

Any information about what email addresses are used for would be brilliant

 

Thanks

Robson Brown

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Re: What are email addresses used for during a file request?

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An email address is used to verify the upload of the file, but it also helps in cases where a file may be overwritten with another already uploaded one. 

 

For example, if I upload a file called TEST and someone submits another file with the same name using my username, the file may not be overwritten if they use a different email. 

 

I hope this helps clarify matters a bit. 


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Re: What are email addresses used for during a file request?

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Hey @robsonbrown, thanks for reaching out to us about this on the Dropbox Community. 

 

In this case, I'd recommend checking out this thread, where other users have expressed a similar concern. 

 

In the meantime, let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!


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Explorer | Level 4
Thank you for reply.

I have read this thread but it doesn’t answer the question or confirm that Dropbox don’t keep or use email addresses?

Why won’t Dropbox confirm or tell us why they need email addresses and whether or not they store them.
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Re: What are email addresses used for during a file request?

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An email address is used to verify the upload of the file, but it also helps in cases where a file may be overwritten with another already uploaded one. 

 

For example, if I upload a file called TEST and someone submits another file with the same name using my username, the file may not be overwritten if they use a different email. 

 

I hope this helps clarify matters a bit. 


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Explorer | Level 4
Thank you so much. That now makes a lot of sense!! Thank you for the reply.

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