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Old 18/06/2018, 12:43 PM   #51
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Default Re: Should admins be able to see /PM's between players?

Good Morning.
I believe that the PMs should be reserved, but in cases of suspicion when the user is of the type that does not respect the standards it may be necessary for the ADMs to have access to the private conversations.
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Old 18/06/2018, 01:39 PM   #52
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Personal messages should NOT be accessible by just any admins. They can be logged for administrative purposes, but if you are going to do so players need to be warned for privacy purposes (i.e. "Privacy Policy"). You should explicitly tell players exactly how their messages are logged and tell them exactly when and how they will be used, if you do not follow what you said you are in the wrong. It's as simple as that.
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Old 18/06/2018, 02:09 PM   #53
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Default Re: Should admins be able to see /PM's between players?

Access to PMs should be available but only on a need-to-know basis and only to high-ranking admins/owners.

SA:MP is played by tens of thousands of different and wonderful people but, unfortunately, as it is with large communities, you can have problematic individuals. There was an instance where my good friend, an owner of a large server had to sift through lots of PMs after a parent of a player contacted him. I won't elaborate but it ended on a positive note as the parent was quick to react and inform my friend about the situation.

Some other players have mentioned but I will mention again that regular browsing of private messages should also be discouraged. By playing on your server, players have a reasonable expectation that you will handle their data with care. You actively snooping through their private messages and then blabbering about it will be a major breach of trust and highly unethical. In addition, legal issues may arise if you didn't formulate your privacy policy, as Crayder very correctly pointed out.

Very interesting topic and responses, kudos OP.
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