UPDATE: Previous announcements (including this blog post) had initially indicated that profiles would switch to private by default on May 25. However, the actual change is occurring May 23. The reason is to ensure a smoother transition for everyone. May 25 is a Friday -- and the start of a holiday weekend in some countries. After careful consideration, we thought it more prudent to make the change when we would have more of our team members readily available to answer questions and assist members.
Please keep in mind that moving the switch up a few days won't permanently affect anyone who still wishes to remain an active member. If you discover that your profile has been set to private by default, you still have the option of changing the setting after May 23, as outlined below.
Also, for step-by-step instructions on how to update your profile privacy, please watch this Tip in a Minute video.
We want to make sure that you’re aware of upcoming changes on SAP Community that will enhance our data privacy and security systems. In addition, you’ll need to know about what actions to take to ensure you will not miss out on continued engagement and participation in the community.
As data protection and privacy is a top priority for us at SAP, it’s important for you to understand what’s coming.
If you’re registered on SAP.com, you currently have a publicly displayed profile. As of May 23, your profile will be hidden from public view by default unless you choose to opt in to continuing to display your profile publicly. If you do nothing or choose not to display your profile publicly, you will still be able to read SAP Community content, but you will no longer be able to ask questions, write blogs, or engage in any other way in the SAP Community.
In addition, your name and profile image will no longer appear publicly on any of the content you’ve created previously in the SAP Community, including blog posts, questions, answers, and comments. You can always change this setting from the Account Settings link in your profile dropdown menu.
To change your privacy settings and allow your profile to be publicly displayed, please click your profile picture in the header and go to the Account Settings. Then scroll down to a new category called Privacy Settings. Enable your public profile display by clicking the Edit Privacy Settings link, then selecting the green “Allow” button.
Once you have completed the steps above, the setting will read “I allow my profile to be displayed publicly.” This setting allows us to continue to display the same profile information that is already publicly available today.
If you have any linked accounts, those accounts will use the same privacy setting (all linked accounts will either be public or private, depending on your selection).
Please note that you can change your Privacy Setting as many times as and whenever you like -- even after May 23. Should you choose to change your Privacy Setting to allow public profile display, you will be able to participate in the SAP Community again and your content will be re-attributed to you, showing your avatar and your name as the author. Until you do this, however, your profile will remain hidden by default and your participation within the community will be limited.