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To what extent can a testator keep their will secret until the day comes?

Bob wants as few people as possible to know the contents of his last will. Especially he doesn't want the heirs to know it until the day comes, as well as those who would assume that they would be the ...
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Do I need a confidentiality waiver (from the parent company I worked at) to work at a spin-off company?

I had a contract and I worked at a company for several months. During this time our project leader negotiated with the parent company and formed his own company (with 2 other team members). Later the ...
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Child Sexual Abuse - is a religious leader required to automatically report such accusations or confessions?

All religious organizations seem to have some kind of a process for handling "sin", i.e. some process where a religious leader is spoken to when someone has done something wrong. My ...
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What rights does a client have in Japan to protect their privacy from being leaked by their lawyer?

I know attorney-client privilege isn't really a legal principle in Japan, yet, but without it how do Japanese clients protect their privacy/confidentiality? Recently I watched some Japanese legal ...
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Why do solicitor advice procedure regulations require collection of landlord details at client intake when solicitors advise on tenancy issues?

I've been informed by a law firm that they are required by national regulations of the solicitors' authority to collect a landlord's name and address (not the address of the property in question, but ...
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In the UK, can documents obtained through Freedom of Information be shared with friends?

If you have obtained certain documents from a government agency in the UK through a Freedom of Information request, are you allowed to send a copy of these documents to a friend who might also be ...
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Is there a minimum elapsed time required before a classified document can become declassified in the U.S.?

Is there a minimum elapsed time required before a classified document can become declassified in the U.S.? I am wondering if any classified document can become unclassified at any time or not. I am ...
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Is an email private or confidential just because we say so in Canada? [duplicate]

I received an email that claimed that its contents were confidential and private, and not to be shared. Sometimes people have automatic privacy notices at the footers of their emails, which is not the ...
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How to send a document restricting its spread?

I have a personal project I am working on and I wrote a detailed presentation of it, where I describe the internal mechanisms in a certain detail. I do not know how/if I will license it in the future, ...
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Receiving a certified letter and the contents is not address to you

I am in the United States and I have recently received a certified letter that was addressed to me (name and address). It's about 80 pages actually. The cover sheet has a confidentiality notice, and ...
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Is it legal to use leaked documents for open source development?

Lets say a specific data structure is only documented in a confidential document, which can not be found over the official websites. If a developer can find a copy of this document via Google (on an ...
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Can a confidentiality obligation in an agreement have an indefinite period

I've found that some companies are very much against the individual and want indefinite confidentiality clauses. I'm happy to sign a 2 year clause but an indefinite one is sickening to me. I'm ...
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What steps must an employer take to keep health information confidential?

I asked this on workplace but perhaps it's a better fit here. With my job we are required to get COVID testing frequently. They normally hire different labs to do the testing so each time there's some ...
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In the UK, can you seek legal advice from non-lawyers in confidential matters?

Suppose an employer is trying to gag a former employee from speaking out about certain issues, citing confidentiality clauses that were present in the former employee's employment contract. However, ...
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Sharing pricing information as a customer

I am getting pricing quotes from two companies, A and B. The sales representative of company A asked me to send them the quote from company B, so that they can talk their management into offering me a ...
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In Germany, are doctors within the same institution able to access any patients' medical records?

I have a friend living in Germany who is seeking therapy in her small town. However, a problem that she is facing is that all of the psychological/psychiatric institutions in her town are managed by ...
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CPA leaked tax return details

A CPA that is supposedly working on my Tax application accidentally has uploaded some other people tax applications to my account on their "secured" platform. Now I am very worried that they ...
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Can a party decide that something that wasn't initially considered confidential, now is?

If I have signed a confidentiality agreement with an employer or client, can they provide me with information that would generally be considered non-confidential but then change their mind and require ...
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Therapist-Client Confidentiality and Limits

Is the Therapist-Client confidentiality valid even after the passing away of the client? Also if not what repercussions could a Therapist face for revealing such details after the said person had ...
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What happens to confidentiality agreements after company dissolves?

I worked as a consultant for a company that dissolved. I signed a confidentiality agreement that ended with "This Section shall survive termination of this Agreement." Out of curiosity am I ...
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Can a confidentiality agreement require you to not say who your client was?

Does the following Confidentiality Agreement mean the Consultant cannot say who the Client who he was doing the work for was? For example if Bob was hired by Staffing Agency to work at McDonald's, ...
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How do I address the Recipient of this Non disclosure agreement?

When a non disclosure agreement (NDA) is between an individual (the Discloser) and a Director of a research institute (the Recipient), how should the Recipient be addressed? Just as an individual or ...
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Can a patent attorney steal your invention in initial consultation?

I disclosed my invention with a patent attorney on my first free consultation to understand if it is patentable and get advice. The patent attorney told me that I can disclose it because they are ...
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In Washington state must a doctor report things that happened in the past?

Are Washington state's mandated reporting requirements triggered if a doctor discovers that their adult patient had been abused in the past? What if there are no longer any 'protected populations' at ...
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Does a patient have a right to obtain a copy of documents verifying a physician's claims of his qualification?

Some physicians offer online consultations to patients who reside abroad. In these cases do patients have an opportunity to verify the identity of the physician? Some information is not intended for ...
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I'm afraid I disclosed confidential information. What do you think?

I'm a shareholder and developer at a startup. Last month the board announced me that they will fire me, due to a merge with a partner as I'm considered redundant and all development will be moved to ...
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Disclosing damning information as a lawyer

Let's say I'm a defense lawyer and my client is a criminal that killed 50 people so far, but got away with it every single time, and he's on trial for a 51st, which he's also poised to escape because ...
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When (if ever) is it a tort for a reporter to reveal "off the record" info?

Outside of NDAs and other confidentiality contracts, are there any circumstances where it would be a tort for a reporter to reveal information that was shared under an "off the record" condition?
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Expiration for confidential technical knowledge

While working at previous employers I have been exposed to confidential technical information. As usual, this is covered in the confidentiality agreement that I signed. The agreement puts no ...
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Can a landlord refuse to rent to confidential address recipient

Someone I know has a court ordered confidential address (due to domestic violence) that allows them to use PO Boxes for all correspondences and their name and physical address cannot be made public. ...
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Is it a HIPAA violation for a dentist office to print a patient's password on paperwork?

Dentist office just printed my password (to their portal) on their paperwork. Surely this is a HIPAA violation (or against best practices, HIPAA or otherwise). Can anyone confirm if so and point me ...
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Why is it common for settlment agreements to be confidential?

I've noticed a lot of settlement agreements have confidentiality clauses, stating that the terms and facts of the settlement agreement can't be disclosed. Why would someone want to do this? It seems ...
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Can party be responsible for unintentional leak of confidential information

Under what circumstances can a party be liable when confidential information they are in possession of is leaked? For example I signed an NDA with my workplace. If they send an email to my personal ...
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Confidentiality clause in a contract (Netherlands/EU)

I have a contract signed at Oct 2016 and valid for one year. It has the following lines: OBJECTIVE OF THE AGREEMENT This contract is valid for one year. Also, it has confidentiality clause: ...
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In general should court documents not be disclosed?

I am in Canada and have brought a dispute to the Civil Resolution Tribunal. The defendant has replied. He claims that there are several people (who I know) who are prepared to corroborate his side of ...
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Can job interview questions be confidential?

Some time ago I had a technical job interview with Google. The invitation email had a line our interview questions are confidential, so please keep things under wraps Is this legally enforceable? ...
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Proof of Consent under GDPR, HOW TO?

One of GDPR Lawful Bases for Processing Personal Data (and that means Collect; Access; Store; Process and Share) is Consent. Companies must have documented proof of Consent as per defined under GDPR ...
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Is it legal to read leaked classified documents (Wikileaks, ..)?

Is it legal for a random citizen to read classified documents that were publicly published by actors such as Wikileaks ? Or should a citizen, once he knows that the document is classified, legally ...
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GDPR: Is giving out customer name and implied existence of customership legal?

I'm an employee (software developer) for a company that acts a data processor, and the company that is a client and data controller has requested a feature that I find questionable. The purpose is to ...
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Access to sensitive information of employees as a fellow employee

I'm a programmer who works closely with an engineering firm to create tools for the automation of business processes. One of which I'm working on currently requires that have the access (although I ...
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Defamation due to breach of confidentiality

Hypothetical: I say negative stuff about John Doe to my psychologist, stuff which isn't defamation per se. My psychologist doesn't directly act on my statements, but does share my statements with ...
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Am I bound by "this letter is confidential" boilerplate?

In a lawsuit in the UK small claims court I've been sent an offer by the defendant's solicitor. I want to communicate this information to others who have the same claim. However at the bottom of the ...
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What practical confidentiality protections can BSA offer to software piracy whistleblowers?

This question refers to a form for reporting software piracy. That page has an FAQ question: If I report software piracy to the BSA, will my name be kept confidential? Your name will never be ...
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Hypothetical code leak frame up - how to defend?

I imagined the following scenario, where how to mount a defence for the lowest cost (without settlement, in order to clear one's name) wasn't clear to me: The hypothetical case Vocal code critic ...
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Confidentiality of an arbitration award [closed]

Namely, I come from a continental law system, that has not yet fully accepted arbitration as a method of the ADR, so I could not find any valuable information. Could you help me and point out to ...
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Therapist violates confidentiality. Any laws applicable?

A friend is doing counseling as a domestic violence victim at a domestic violence aid agency. The therapist recently disclosed her information, including what they have talked about in counseling ...
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What is the value in adding an email confidentiality notice?

The company I work for adds a disclaimer on the bottom of each email. I was wondering if it had any value. I'll list part of it below: CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail message is for the sole ...
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