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Is recording of other people in a work context without permission legal in Romania?

I am shortly going to Romania to perform an IT Audit. As an auditor, we often have to deal with people who become hostile towards us. For my own protection, in the United Kingdom I always video ...
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Who is the data controller of users' data of a SaaS platform?

Person A is an employee of company B, which in turn is a customer of a SaaS platform from company C. Both companies are within the EU. The B company uses the software to keep track of its customers, ...
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How will GPDR effect the use of peoples names as unique identifiers?

I'm a network admin at work, and in some circumstances peoples names as used as identifiers for rules, maybe for DHCP, or firewall rules to explain why a rule exists. 'Bob McBobberson needs access to ...
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EU data locality

Quite a few EU based customers are requesting data locality information in preparation for GDPR which becomes effective on May 25, 2018. However as far as I can tell GDPR contains no requirements for ...
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Is this cancellation policy legal?

I reserved a motorhome in Iceland. On the invoice the cancellation policy was listed. I didn't pay the invoice and then cancelled the reservation 2 months prior to the starting date. I cancelled ...
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Under Irish law can the Gardaí give a person's statement to a 3rd party government department?

I have an Irish law question. I have tried to get a few solicitors to answer it but they seem unable to give me a concrete answer. I'm hoping someone on here can help or point me in the right ...
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EU spam legislation Spain, which action can be taken and to whom?

Me and hundreds of other people are receiving a unsolicited emails from a major Spanish based airline. They seem to not have an unsubscription feature and when contacted they refuse to delete emails ...
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How to register a descriptive European trademark?

The trademark "TEXT TO BUY" is descriptive and non distinctive trademark. It is descriptive for an obvious reason: it exactly describes the service it is a trademark for. It is a service "to buy" and ...
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Can copyrighted work be distributed for free if it was done so by the owner previously?

Once upon a time a UK music band put one of their songs on their website for free download. Time has passed, the website has changed drastically and the song is not available there anymore. Neither it ...
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What is the legal principle which requires Apple to pay the Irish State €13 billion?

In 2016, the EU ruled that the Irish State provided state aid to Apple, which was deemed to be illegal. As a result of this, Apple are required to back-pay €13 billion to the Irish exchequer. From a ...
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Does the UK have HOAs? (homeowner associations / Stratas /Syndic)

I'm looking to move to the UK in 6 months and purchase a flat, but I'm wondering if the UK has also HOAs like the USA? In the USA they are pure hell and want to know if I'll have to deal with them ...
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Why did Microsoft not have to publish the protocol for Skype?

Microsoft was forced to publish its protocols in 2007 as a result of the competition case brought by the European Commission. These are available at Microsoft's Open Specifications page including, ...
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First amendment law and Facebook posts, posted by non-Americans

Since I have researched the topic quite a bit, but failed to find satisfying answer that I was looking for, I will ask it here. I think my question opens at least, very interesting debate. In 2014 ...
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GDPR: What is the legal situation on documenting cases of “Right to be forgotten” claims?

I wasnt able to find an explanation inside the GDPR whether a data privacy officer (or similar responsible) is allowed or required to document cases where individuals claimed the right to be forgotten....
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Close family member got me intro trouble in my home country, unsure how to proceed [closed]

I have immigrated from European countryA to European countryB several years ago. Before I left I was operating a small business with a close family member, they were taking care of the accounting/tax ...
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Can I sign multiple job contracts with different German companies?

I'm from a non-EU country, I have received some Job contracts from Germany. Is it possible to sign them all, so in any case, I will not be without a contract if I lose one? What is the legality ...
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Can my non-EU wife be deported from France for a visa refusal?

I am a UK national. Can my non-EU wife be deported when we both live in France and I am a worker paying taxes, holding a French driving licence, a Carte Vital, self employed and also have a French ...
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Same game company name, but in a different country

I finally came up with a good name for my game studio, however after searching for it there appears to be another game company with the same/very similar name. They were founded this year, have an ...
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Is the proposed Brexit agreement contrary to the Human Rights Act?

Is the proposed Brexit agreement contrary to the Human Rights Act? May's Brexit Deal as it is currently tabled, sees EU laws continue to apply in the UK, enforced by the Commission and Adjudicated by ...
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Refusal to terminate tenancy with months notice

I am renting property in UK and today tried to give my months notice, however letting agency refused to accept it claiming that they can only accept it on 25th - day when agreement started, and that ...
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Why is a business allowed to refuse a customer?

The Dutch constitution says that everyone shall be treated the same when the circumstances are the same (my translation; original: gelijke behandeling in gelijke gevallen). In addition to that, there ...
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If I want to work in UK, do I need a Visa?

Now that Brexit happened, if someone from the EU wants to work in UK, do they need a Visa, Permit, or anything similar?
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Am I legally responsible for being a developer of a code, if my customer uses it illegally?

I am from an Europe country, I work online and get orders on freelancer websites. Few months ago, I had a customer hiring me to do some Bitcoin-related coding, I'm one of their developers for 6-7 ...
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Does GDPR apply to personal information entered in a password-field?

If someone enters personal data in a field which purpose is not to handle personal data, does GDPR apply? For example if someone enters their email, phone number or name in a password-field? If so, ...
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Are all statutory instruments in the UK subordinate to an Act of Parliament?

Are all statutory instruments in the United Kingdom subordinate to an Act passed by Parliament? If so, is the intention that the thrust of law is democratically accountable, but for expediency the ...
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Does data that is anonymized need to be collected in the event of a GDPR Subject Access Request?

Google Analytics anonymizes and aggregates all user data so it is not possible to look up an individual user. Does that mean that in the event that we use Google Analytics and receive a Subject ...
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Can a tax debt owed to an EU country cause me any trouble in another EU country?

I have recently left my country (Greece) and moved to Germany. While I am employed and everything functions perfectly, I have some debts to Greece's tax collection bureau. While I will be able to pay ...
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Can Amazon ask for my credit card statement?

I have problems with Amazon, I was trying to buy a 30 eur gift card for a birthday but they put the order on hold and blocked my account. Then I got a mail stating that I should fax Amazon my latest ...
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Can I return shoes that hurt one of my feet in Germany?

I just bought a reebook shoes and I wore it today but after walking about 30 minutes my left foot top side(bridge) is hurting me so much that I can not resist. I wrote an email to the seller but they ...
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Is there a limit to the liability an airline can impose on a passenger because of their behaviour?

There is a story in the news today about a woman being charged £85,000 after she caused a flight to be diverted due to her behaviour. I believe this is section 23.3 in Jet2's Conditions of Carriage. ...
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Do you have to provide the name and email address of your data protection officer?

Looking at Steam's privacy policy, they don't provide an email address to reach the DPO nor do they name them: You can contact Valve's data protection officer at the address below. While we ...
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Is there any chance to get a loan back from someone in another country? (Loanee is in Ireland, Lender in Netherlands)

Lets say someone form another country loans a small amount of money (400 euro) in The Netherlands (A Dutch person lends money to someone from Ireland). Signing a Dutch loan contract (in English) ...
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Facebook blocked my account until I consent to their new privacy policy under GDPR. If I consent now, will I be able to withdraw my consent later?

I am going to delete my Facebook account in a month, I can't do it now because I still use it for work. I live in the EU and Facebook has blocked access to my account unless I accept their privacy ...
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Handling a GDPR subject access request when using google analytics?

When using Google Analytics and receiving a GDPR subject access request does the party receiving the request also have to send all data collected by Google Analytics?
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European Air Passenger rights - Must airline pay?

Short story: Air Berlin went on strike last October - we got home 15hours later - Air Berlin have said euro air passenger rights penalty/rewards are optional, they also said flight was cancelled due ...
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Is offering uncapped access to certain services but not others by ISPs legal under EU net neutrality laws?

Some ISPs in Europe offer data plans that are capped at certain amount of GB per month. But in this europa.eu page one can read that: The best effort internet is about the equal treatment of data ...
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Can a Non-EU citizen who worked in a EU country with specific work permit have the right to apply to ECHR for workplace discrimination?

I am a citizen of Turkey, not of the EU. I worked in Ireland with a Critical Skills Employment Permit. I sued my employer for Workplace Discrimination. I decided that the case was not dealt with ...
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Counting UK Statutory Instruments implemented annually enacting EU legislation?

Is there a convenient way of determining the number of UK Statutory Instruments implemented annually as a direct result of EU legislation? This page shows the totals, but I cannot see a way of ...
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Online purchase of a digital product locked away, are they legally required to provide the items?

I (European based) purchased multiple digital objects for an online game (US based) in 2014. In 2015, the account these objects were on was 'frozen'. (Reason stated at the time was cheating.) I quit ...
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Can I register a trademark after leaving a company in the UK?

I've been working on a new product for a company as a software developer (creating it from scratch). I've come up with a name for it as well which my manager didn't tell me to do but I decided to be ...
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Can background screening companies be forced to remove stored personal data under GDPR?

I understand that a background screening company requires a certain set of personal data to deliver a service. One typically consents for this data to be processed when completing associated paperwork....
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Description of 3rd party cookies in the privacy policy for GDPR compliance?

In order to comply with GDPR's right to be informed section, some sites try to describe what specific cookies that 3rd parties supply do. Is it OK to just list what cookies these parties set, and ...
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In GDPR, who exactly are the processors and what do they have to do?

I thought the processor was just someone who processes all personal data on behalf of the controller, basically a simple substitute for some matters. But from what I read online it seems that a ...
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European nexus into U.S. through Google product?

I'm in the U.S. with my websites. I'm not under European Union jurisdiction unless my use of one or another Google product puts me under EU jurisdiction. I need to find out if any Google product gives ...
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GDPR: what can I record about website visitors?

My use case is very simple. I have a website, on which I have articles that I wrote. It behooves me to learn about the people who visit my site so that I know what articles are popular and why, mainly....
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Is it illegal for a search engine to not provide an option to opt out of saving search history?

Currently Bing search has no option unlike Google search to opt out of saving history. Although Bing search can be set to not save history, it still saves the history of the user in the Microsoft ...
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(How) Can I easily export produce from Serbia to Sweden via Hungary?

I am from Sweden and I have a friend who lives in Serbia. My friend produces cheese, honey and wine. I'm helping my friend to investigate what would be involved in order to export his produce to ...
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Can a seller/producer control future sales of a product?

Let's say I'm an international fruit distributor, and with at least a basic knowledge of economics I know I'm going to need to sell my fruit at a significant discount to less developed regions as ...
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Why don't Nordic countries have codes of private law?

I'm aware that there are some major differences between Scandinavian law systems and other European systems, e.g., the fact that Roman Law had very little influence in Scandinavian countries. But why ...
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Is user consent needed to display a Google Map on a website?

I would like to display a Google Map in a website project of mine. This requires loading the JavaScript api from Google: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/tutorial?hl=en#...

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