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Can the Cyber Resilience Act make it illegal to retire?

Suppose Alice develops some software and releases it under an open source licence. She receives just enough money to be counted as "commercial". This may be donations from users, it may be ...
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Can a virus scanner be sued by the makers of a program they label as spyware for recommending its removal?

Ages ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was in college, I went to a recruiting event for a company that collected and sold statistical data. They explained that they got the information by ...
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Legal Rule that computers are presumed to be operating correctly

I was reading the following academic paper. At the very beginning, it mentions that under the Law in England & Wales, a computer is presumed to be operating correctly. This is the line I am ...
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Is it legal to sell security vulnerabilities you found while working with a company to that company?

Suppose you were working at a company for a few years, and during your time there you found a few computer security vulnerabilities that could be used by potential attackers. If you were to compile ...
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Chat AI is reproducing unlicensed code from a website verbatim: what can the original author do about it?

Let's presume that a chat-based AI, for certain queries/prompts involving specific phrases, is reproducing, verbatim, code that was placed on a publicly accessible website. The code on the website had ...
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What IP law would apply to trained weights of an AI model?

In simple terms, any AI system will consist of three elements: Code, written by humans, that defines the mathematical model The mathematical model itself, as it exists within the computer The model ...
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Would it be legal for an American to hack Russian military infrastructure to aid Ukraine?

I am an American citizen located in the US. Suppose I wanted to hack Russian military infrastructure and disable it in order to aid Ukraine. Would this be legal?
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How do Wi-Fi Positioning Systems interact with the GDPR?

There is a paper (described in the news) that details how to use Apple's Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS) facilitates mass surveillance, even of those not using Apple devices. The system is described ...
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Could open source software illegally provide legal advice?

There is a company called DoNotPay. It bills itself as "The World's First Robot Lawyer", and at least in January was providing services such as "Defamation Demand Letter", "...
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What does "Household Exception" to the GDPR mean?

GDPR Section 2 Recital 18 (?) reads: Not Applicable to Personal or Household Activities This Regulation does not apply to the processing of personal data by a natural person in the course of a purely ...
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Legal implications of printing something remotely to tell the owner their printer is vulnerable?

Commonly, wireless printers in homes and corporate settings can be configured incorrectly, exposing them to the internet. This can be a major security vulnerability, and can allow anyone to not only ...
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Does replacing the operating system on my laptop void my warranty?

I purchased a typical mid-range laptop in late March this year. It came with Windows preinstalled. As soon as I unpacked the computer I removed Windows and installed Linux. I have been using it ...
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Is training an AI on the internet processing personal information?

There is an article on El Reg where the author asks ChatGPT about themselves, and they get back some information. If this data acquisition and dissemination process was being performed specifically ...
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Would it be legal to publish a program to factor large semiprime numbers?

If I somehow figured out a way to factor large semiprime numbers in a reasonable amount of time (don't worry, I haven't; this is hypothetical), would it be legal to publish the code? This could be ...
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What is the situation when a computer "agrees" to a contract without the explicit knowledge of a human?

My understanding is that web site terms and conditions are a form of contract. To form a contract a "meeting of minds" must occur in many jurisdictions. There are many situations where a ...
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Need some help regarding definition of warranty as per computer storage devices

I am not a legal expert, but I am looking to improve my understanding of the subject. Informally, when purchasing a computer storage device, such as a memory stick or an internal or external hard disk,...
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what are the provisions related to IT act 2000 confiscation?

The IT Act (2000) §76 states that any person liable for an offence under the IT Act (2000) shall suffer confiscation of the IT device on which the confiscation has been made. Are there any provisions ...
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Computer Fraud and Abuse Act statute of limitations

I was looking into the criminal law application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the United States of America. Since, to the best of my knowledge, it is a Federal crime the statute of ...
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Resellers of Windows OEM licenses [duplicate]

I've been comparing prices on Windows 11 Pro licenses from third-party OEM license resellers. Microsoft sells it for $199.99. Kinguin sells it for $32.62 (at the time of posting). I'm just using them ...
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Unauthorized access to parents bank account

Early in the morning the bank account password was changed. The investigation pointed to someone without authorization using my parent's phone at 1 am to verify a password change for the bank account ...
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What does unauthorised mean in regards to access to web sites? [duplicate]

The Computer Misuse Act 1990 makes it an offence in the UK to try and access programs or data on computers when that access is unauthorised. As I understand it in the US the Computer Fraud and Abuse ...
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How do computer trespass laws intersect with public records laws in Washington state?

Suppose a state-run organization in Washington state receives a public records request that is broad (but not overly broad). In attempting to fulfill the request, an employee discovers that some ...
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Do parents have any protection against computer misuse crimes against their children?

Suppose Alice has an online account. Bob says to Alice "Give me access to your account". Alice says no, but Bob has access to Alice's email and does a password reset. This required him to ...
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How does the law decide who a computer is?

Is there any established logic for deciding who (software author, computer owner, local user, person who sent a remote command, etc.) is responsible for the actions of a computer? Say that 1000 copies ...
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Is Microsoft allowed to bring Playstation games (that were ported to PC) to Xbox, or would they face legal backlash?

Sony's Playstation has several games exclusive to their console (e.g. Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, God of War, Horizon Forbidden Dawn). Recently, Sony ported these games to PC, making them available ...
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