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Widget connector and privacy?

I've recently learned that the widget connector has a lively communication before the user interacts with it. For example YouTube it calls:





Does anyone know

  1. Do I need to be concerned about the privacy of my users?
  2. What information it sends (to YouTube it's a long  key)?
  3. How to disable it if it sends private information?



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Brant Schroeder
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Mar 09, 2023

@Henrik Mikkelsen the connector would not be sending information.  Any information would be collected by the media item that you inserted.  For instance, if you had a YouTube video whatever YouTube collects through embedded videos would apply to you.  The only way to disable it would be not to use it.  Each company explains what they collect and if you need to be concerned it would depend on your own policies.  

Hi Brant,

Thanks for the answer. If it's not sending information why does it POST to youtube, doubleclick and google?

In the example of Youtube: When you, as editor, inserts the widget it communicates with Youtube. That's understandable - how else would it get the thumbnail and so forth. No problem.

But when I consume the page as a reader it seems to also send some information to youtube, google and doubleclick for just "showing" it on the page (the POST in OP). Before I, as reader, interacts with the widget. Even if its hidden on another tabsheet in confluence. The reader is totally unaware that he´s sharing information with outside partys. It's OK that it is interacting with youtube if the reader clicks on it. But this is with no interaction whatsoever.

And to make it even more fun. You can't disable the "feature" in Confluence. If you do you will have severe side-effects (the link disappears for the editor).

So - I've reached the same conclusion as you suggest. To not use it and constantly scan my confluence-sites for editors inadvertently using it. I just wish that Confluence would not automatically change my link to a widget that seems to be leaking information.

Brant Schroeder
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Mar 09, 2023

Is all the macro is doing is embedding the youtube video on the page.  Just as you would if you used the embed from the youtube video.  Thus the embedded code is pulling the information and posting it back.  So if you use youtube it will post the same information that an embedded youtube video would or if you are using another video it will post back the same information.  Google has it's own JavaScript that runs and it is not Atlassian.  As far as disabling it you cannot disable it either when you embed a youtube video either. 

OK, I think I understand what you are saying. When you embed a youtube video it will post to youtube. And that's not Atlassians fault - that's just the way embedding Youtube works.

That's OK. Then it should be a macro you, as editor, could choose. And I, as admin, could disable. As it's working now when I write a link to, for example, Youtube it autocorrects it to use the widget. And I, as admin, can't disable the autocorrect. Or the widget macro. That's what I meant with disabling.

But thanks for your insight. I will go ahead and accept your answer.

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