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Slack Policy ruffles Privacy Feathers

Slack has released a new policy that will allow project managers to read employee DM’s without their express consent.

Big brother is watching, maybe

Slack’s most recent update enables administrators to export shared data passing through groups, including private conversations, and many users are unhappy about the change.

The cause is a recent privacy policy update meant to bring Slack in line with GDPR rules. In the past users were notified when DM tracking was enabled, but not anymore.

Members using slack can check and see which plan their team is on by clicking here and scrolling to the end of the page.

Be diligent

Administrators also have access to an export tool that enables data collection of DMs and the like in the case of legal process or team member consent.

An available whitelist of apps with the same capabilities can be found here. You can also find which other apps are accosiated with your slack team here

Fear not, Slack’s DM channels have an option to wipe all conversation history at an interval chosen by the administrator. Apps like Telegram and Signal are alternatives if secrecy is absolutely necessary.

What has your experience been with Slack? What are your thoughts on the new privacy update? Let us know in the comments below.

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