Last week Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage items, had an embarrassing growing pain. A new People Search feature was enabled to allow buyers and sellers to search for each other by name and make the site feel like more of a social network. But Etsy ran into a little problem when people's entire purchase histories began showing up in the results.
This might not seem like a big deal to someone who had purchased a handmade journal or vintage jewelry. But what if it were something more compromising, say, a mahogany hardwood dildo or clitorial hood jewelry as was the case with some users. Would you want the whole world to know that such items were in your possession?
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According to Etsy, the privacy issues have all been addressed, which is great because I don't want people to know where I live or what my credit card number is. But someone knowing what I purchased, even if it is adult-oriented? I