BuddyPress developer Boone Gorges announced today on the BP Development Blog that BuddyPress 1.6 will include some basic privacy options for user profile fields. This new feature will be called “Visibility”. Having some form of profile privacy is one of the most-requested features for BuddyPress and very soon it will be a reality.
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Individual users will be able to edit their profile field visibility on a field-by-field basis.
If you don’t want to leave the privacy options up to the users, site admins can select a default visibility level for the fields they create and then force the field to maintain the defaults.
There are two new filters available for developers who want to work with the profile field visibility. Boone will be creating a sample plugin in the near future to help developers get started with some of the possibilities. Find out more details on how to work with these new features at the BuddyPress Development Blog.