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Questions about the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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How does SE's arbitration clause hold up under the GDPR?

Today the new Terms of Service of Stack Exchange have been released, sparking a lot of unrest about its arbitration clause; see the comments and answers on the linked meta above, and also this ...
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Does GDPR include UK customers, or not anymore?

Now that Brexit happened, does GDPR include UK customers, or not anymore?
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Is requesting waiving the right to deletion of contributions against GDPR?

I just got one of those GDPR mails from gitlab.com, which pointed me to a Web page where I had to accept some terms and conditions. The same as everywhere, except this passage: (For GitLab ...
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How to store refusal of cookie consent

If a user refuses cookies on a website, then how can that website store that refusal? As far as I can tell, the GDPR requires you to store both consent to and refusal of personal data storage. But it ...
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GDPR + git history

Is name, surname and email in the Git commit history a personal information according to the coming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and is there any special treatment required? Git is a ...
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ISP is not hashing the password I log in with online. Should I take any action?

I just phoned the customer support number for my ISP for the first time and was surprised to be asked the fourth and fifth characters of my password, specifically the one I used to log into my account ...
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Is asking users to waive GDPR compliance a legal way of escaping GDPR data handling requirements?

I have recently come across this part of an app from a well-known US company: Is this a legal way of handling some of the technical obstacles GDPR introduced? Is this a "flexible" interpretation of ...
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Can I request a copy of my password hash with GDPR?

People often use personal information to create them, like first name / date of birth, and people often reuse passwords across several sites, so I guess passwords are considered personal data since ...
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GDPR - reCAPTCHA with user's consent?

This question is specifically about Google's reCAPTCHA, but may possibly apply to many other CAPTCHA solutions that are collecting "personal" data. I was reading briefly about ePrivacy regulations ...
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Under GDPR, can I give permission once to allow everyone to store and process my data?

If I own the data, can I declare, as part of my personal freedom, that I basically agree that my specific data can be stored and processed anywhere by anybody, without asking myself every time?
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GDPR rights when subject dies; does family inherit subject rights?

Under the GDPR, anyone can make a subject access request or ask for their personal data to be erased (within limits etc.). What if the subject is deceased? Does the widow/widower or do the children ...
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Can Slack really claim not to be a data controller?

I'm an EU resident. I just sent in a GDPR removal request to Slack. Their response: Per our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, your Workspace Primary Owner (Customer) controls Customer Data. ...
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How to satisfy GDPR's consent requirement for IP logging?

Countless websites are served by webserver software (Apache, nginx, etc.) which logs the source IP address of every web page visit. The GDPR considers an IP address "personal data" that is subject to ...
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Why can't I add a governing law to my terms of service to avoid GDPR?

I've heard from fairly reliable sources that you can't avoid GDPR by using your website's terms of service as way to circumvent that law. From what I have seen online, if your website serves European ...
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What is the legal mechanism by which the GDPR might apply to a business with no presence in the EU?

My family has a small side business selling some things through the internet. As far as I know, we aren't likely to have any customers who are EU citizens, but it's certainly not outside the realm of ...
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Facebook vs GDPR - Private Messages I sent to others will never be deleted/erased from Facebook servers

I asked this question to Facebook: I would like to know how can I permanently delete private messages from both sides of the conversation. For example, conversations I had in the past with ...
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GDPR and right to provide meter readings

My energy company have estimated the opening meter readings for my move in date for a property. I have the correct readings in photos taken on that date, but the energy company won't allow me to ...
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To comply to GDPR, do social networks require to have a button to “Export your Data”?

Major social web services (such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Microsoft and Google) have a page where you can click a button to export your data - posts, account data, login information, meta data, ...
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GDPR Compliance - notification of data breach

In Art. 33, the GDPR specifies that a controller must notify a personal data breach to the supervisory authority after having become aware of it. Case 1: A database dump with personal data is hosted ...
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Do cookie banners need to change for GDPR compliance?

Many sites these days display a "cookie banner" which declares that cookies are being used on the site, generally with a link to a policy document, which state that continued use of the site amounts ...
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Would GDPR affect my own personal website?

I am developing my own website with a blog, portfolio and tutorials, which will be accessible to the public. As I am the only person who is in charge (my personal site), would I have to oblige to ...
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Does GDPR cover the collection of data by websites that crawl the web and resell user data

I have found that a lot of my personal info is now available on a bunch of websites that collect data and resell it. I'm talking about those 'find anything about anyone' websites. A lot of the data ...
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Is hash of a username still personal data?

I create a script, which asks a user who upload a GIF to a social media website, if it can reupload it to another website (to reduce other users' internet usage). Now I want to give users an option to ...
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GDPR - Withdrawn user consent

I have been reading alot about user consent management according to the GDPR and one problem I can't see solved anywhere is managing withdrawn consent. The user gives his consent to use his data and ...
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GDPR. Where to store users consent?

A pretty straightforward question, I think. When it comes to holding records that users consent has been provided, I can only imagine I would use some sort of php code to store data/records into .txt ...
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Under GDPR, can I request to be forgotten and re-register for a trial?

Imagine an on-line service which offers 1 month of free trial for new users. Can I perpetually: register for the trial, use it for a month request my account deleted and my data forgotten repeat ?
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Does GDPR Prohibit Reading Unsolicited Emails?

I originally asked this question on Information Security and it was suggested it was a better fit over here. I'm a member of the management committee of an allotment society in the UK. The committee ...
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Are internet forum posts considered personal data under GDPR?

GDPR defines "personal data" as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural ...
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If I’ve no WhatsApp account am I still a node on their social graph? And if so can I request to be deleted?

I have never used WhatsApp so I have never shared my phone’s contacts with them or consented to their terms. Many of my friends and family do use WhatsApp and they will all have me in thier contacts ...
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Do family pictures and videos in public places fall under GDPR?

The Czech Data Protection Authority fined Mr. Rynes for filming members of the public without their consent. Mr. Rynes appealed, arguing that he was covered by the personal and household ...
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Is it illegal to intentionally design a social network that can't comply with right-to-be-forgotten (and possibly other laws)?

If I intentionally design (and program) a social network that uses a technology (blockchain,...) which does not allow for alteration / erasing of user data, what happens in case of a right-to-be-...
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GDPR: are faces always considered identifiable information?

Machine learning research into facial recognition and processing (e.g. emotion detection) often makes use of datasets containing large numbers of facial images. These are usually anonymised, so that ...
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Would a business that has no office in EU still have to worry about GDPR, and if so, why?

This question is inspired by this other question asks about how a (fictional) Small Town News USA Inc could prepare for GDPR. Although opportunistic lawsuits against US-based businesses on their ...
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Deducing and using an email address under GDPR

I was recently contacted on a work email address by a recruiter, working from a private recruitment agency. I have had no prior contact with this recruiter or agency before this. The work email ...
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Is it possible for a publicly accessible, personal blog to make use of the personal use exception of the GDPR?

The GDPR Article 2 defines the material scope the regulation. Article 2 (2)c states that this regulation does not apply to the processing of personal data: by a natural person in the course of a ...
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Are chat logs against the new european GDPR?

Is keeping logs of chats (e.g. IRC, in this specific case Twitch chat) against the new European General Data Protection Regulation? I know you can't save data which can be linked to a natural person ...
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Are publicly available password dumps legal under GDPR

When a company gets breached by hackers, often the contents of their databases will make its way onto the internet. Sometimes this will include obviously personal information such as email contents or ...
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Under GDPR right of access, do I have the right to receive a copy of scoring sheets / evaluation forms after a structured job interview?

Under the GDPR right of access, what rights do I have to employer assessment of myself in the role of a job applicant after a structured job interview? Presumably, in a structured job interview ...
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Can I request companies to give me all the data they have on me when I'm visiting a country in the EU?

I'm not a citizen of the EU, nor do I reside in the EU. But as a consumer, I welcome GDPR. It gives me some limited rights even though I'm not in the direct interests of the regulation. Anyway, if I ...
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Is it sufficient to provide a privacy policy only in english language?

Regarding GDPR, is it sufficient for a gaming app available in some commercial app store to provide a privacy policy only in english language? Is a translation necessary for every country of the EU ...
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Legal aspects of Firebase Crashlytics SDK

Let's say we have a mobile app, where every user is associated with app-generated unique user id (ex. 57d2ef8b391277001aad7784). Having the uuid itself that's not possible to identify a user. ...
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Is it okay to store user locations?

I know it might sound quite bad. But here I explain the whole situation. I'm developing a mobile application based on visiting different places. And I would store in some database (surely AWS) all ...
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GDPR Compliance: Do all Cookies require Opt-In?

Given a Web Site which uses cookies for the following: User Preferences Bookmarked Articles Cookie Preferences what explicit permissions would be required from the user? Here I anticipate the ...
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Does vehicle information count as personal data?

Does a car’s registration number count as personal data under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation? How about the VIN? (Vehicle Identification Number)
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Do internal annotations on user accounts fall under the GDPR?

In a platform such as Stack Exchange or any other moderated forum-type site, in which specific moderators have access to account information that regular users don't, and in which said moderators may ...
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Company makes confidential CV publicly available and searchable. Legal recourse?

A friend of mine was looking for a job last August. She sent CVs for various positions. Now, months later, somebody told her that if he Googles her name, her CV pops up. She tried it herself and sure ...
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Is it really possible to use Google Analytics without consent, and if so, why exactly?

I'm asking about the GDPR and the European Union. Lots of websites claim that it is possible to use Google Analytics without asking for the user's consent. Even some answers here suggest that it is ...
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Are GDPR-Walls legal?

Quite a few websites started showing european visitors "You cannot use this site because of GDPR", probably based on GeoIP information. I see two possible legal problems: GDPR forbids coupling of ...
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Are server-logs reckoned as storing of personal data by website (GDPR)?

Well, almost all website have IP logs in "/home/logs/" folder (which is stored by hosting's Apache web-server (or whatever), and not by my site CMS). Should I state that in our privacy policy?
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What did Flybe actually do wrong?

Read an article recently regarding FlyBe, and their attempt to find out (from a list of unknown user data) who wanted to be contacted in the future with promotions, etc. They sent an email to this ...

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