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I don't know if its just an error or a cruel joke, but under my name is a Swedish flag, even though my location is set to Finland...
I know its a small thing but its really annoying ;)
 

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Another member explained me that this has happened because when he registered he was in a different country and apparently there was an automatic geolocation associated with his registration.

Could it be that you were in Sweden at the time or that you registered?
 

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Could be an administrator task
I had to solve a similar problem with geo location reporting based on IP adress. The database which maps IP to countries was several years old. These databases are publicly available.

If this forum works in a similar way, it could be this database needs updating.
 

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The flags should not be there by default , i have already discussed this is an infringement of privacy under GDPR. It is not the fault of @VSadmin Jeff, but a problem with basic VS policy.

The forum is Canadian, so you can't actually expect the owners to understand the EU.
 

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To be honestly it does not really matter, but it was just a weird thing.
I think now its fixed, somehow, at least now it looks that way. Lets see how long it stays this way :)
 

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I don't know if its just an error or a cruel joke, but under my name is a Swedish flag, even though my location is set to Finland...
I know its a small thing but its really annoying ;)
I think it depends on how you connect to the Internet. I go through a VPN and sometimes I choose to use a Canadian server to connect and it says I'm from Canada. Other times I go through a server in Las Vegas and it says I'm in LV. I'm actually in northern California but when I connect through the closest server I'm banned from the site because the Silicon
Valley server is popular with spammers. You are probably connecting through a server in Sweden.
 

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As others have mentioned, how the flag comes out is definitely IP related, and is independent of your account location settings. I'm leaving mine on for now, I'm guessing I'll probably be the only one with the occasional Yellow and White flag :), but Pete is right about the privacy issues, especially for us European users.

Keep safe,
Kenneth
 

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is it not so that one can decide, in the privacy preferences whether certain things are visible and to whom (per category)?

view you location details in profile and view your location details when you post? The options are all visitors, members only or NOBODY.

Looks rather private to me, if I am not mistaken that was always the case.

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The flags should not be there by default , i have already discussed this is an infringement of privacy under GDPR. It is not the fault of @VSadmin Jeff, but a problem with basic VS policy.

The forum is Canadian, so you can't actually expect the owners to understand the EU.
Well, it seems to be randomised anyway (unless you moved to Sweden?)... So maybe not a privacy issue after all :p

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is it not so that one can decide, in the privacy preferences whether certain things are visible and to whom (per category)?

view you location details in profile and view your location details when you post? The options are all visitors, members only or NOBODY.

Looks rather private to me, if I am not mistaken that was always the case.

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I took Kenneth's point to be that it should be opt in to have you location displayed as opposed to opt out.

 

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I see, this forum has showed my location ever since I can remember albeit not with a flag but in words, none of this is really new ( if I remember well before KENNETH鈥檚 account showed Rome or something like that!)
 

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I see, this forum has showed my location ever since I can remember albeit not with a flag but in words, none of this is really new ( if I remember well before his account showed Rome or something like that!)
Of course, but you joined before GDPR. Opting in/out would not be relevant.

Whether it is relevant for those joining now is only speculation, and it could be argued that joining a forum is not compulsory, it is a person's choice so maybe it is moot whether something in the privacy settings are pre-ticked or not.
 

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My point is rather the fact that the location indicator is NOT decided by the user, not unless you know how it's being done.

For example, I have, as rightly pointed out by Milandro, Rome, Italy, as my location in my profile settings. The flag showing up is the Vatican one, which reflects my current IP, which is not something I chose to share, although in this case, I don't really mind it. I can, of course, turn off location sharing, but I like to have it on so people know where I am -- I've had some great contacts that way over the years. BTW, Pete is probably showing up as being in Sweden because he knows how to manipulate the system ;)!

Another thing is the fact that default privacy settings were/are set to most liberal, i.e., everybody, even non-members, get to see your info, some of which can be personal. I would've thought, as Pete noted, that due to GDPR (and they do display the "GDPR Compliant" badge quite prominently), this info is not shared a priori unless you say so. BUT, again as Pete says, this being a forum that you choose to join, you automatically opt-in to whatever settings the owners have decided.

Still, I like it that user control of these settings is now more granular, in that you may choose to display info only to members, and not to everybody. This is now my preferred setting, and was not available in the "old" forum.

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