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Does Google routinely form contracts by accessing web sites with their crawler?

Many web sites contain terms of service, where the web site puts a link to "Terms" or similar, and anyone who accesses the web site forms a contract with the web site operator under those ...
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The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, also known as EU Copyright Directive and file 2016/0280(COD)

Going to WikiPedia, I have been drawn attention to a new EU directive on Copyright. The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, also known as EU Copyright Directive and file 2016/0280(...
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Does the repeal of net neutrality remove monopoly protections from ISPs?

The repeal of net neutrality was done (in part) by declassifying ISPs as title II common carriers. As I understand it, being a title II common carrier implies being treated like a utility under a ...
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Returning goods bought online in Poland as foreigner

I am a Czech national living just at the Polish border. I want to buy a laptop online at Polish online store called Morele.net. The store offers the goods to be sent to a Polish post office for pickup ...
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In which cases has a Wikipedia editor's identity been subpoenaed?

In any jurisdiction, I'm looking for names of cases for either or ideally both of the following: Where Wikipedia has been subpoenaed for information on an editor, complied with the subpoena, and ...
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Can I sell unofficial "names" for bathroom stalls at a public university?

For a $20m+ donation, you can put your name on my university's new recreational facility. This got me thinking, could I do the same thing? As a satirical joke I'm thinking of setting up a website ...
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What standards must US ISPs currently uphold in the quality of their speed and ping?

I'm curious. After a generous amount of googling, I couldn't find any laws or codes from the FCC regarding the standards of quality regarding internet speed and access. What laws are currently in ...
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Legality of manual counterattacks vs counterattacks executed autonomously by a self-defense bot

There is a new twist on the DDOS (distributed denial-of-service) attack vector which has been used for taking down servers on the internet. This newest version sends data packets targeting memcached ...
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License for an Internet radio with User feedback

I'd like to start an internet radio station app. The station will collect feedback, like thumbs-up and thumbs-down, from listeners in order to select the best songs to play next. The algorithm will be ...
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Bought tokens in a game but the game quit, can I get my money back?

So there was this small scale online game where I bought some ingame tokens to buy a different sprite. I bought 20$ worth of ingame tokens a month ago and spent most of it on items in the game. The ...
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How are online bidders held to their obligation to pay?

Say I'm holding an online auction. How can I make sure that if somebody bids on my good/service, he or she is legally obligated to pay?
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Commercial/free third-party application to browse/watch YouTube, is that legal?

Let's say there is an internet browser that allows browsing/watching content from YouTube while blocking their ads. Also the browser can be a free or paid application, or can show ads from a third-...
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What is my liability for third-party content I host?

I live in Canada, but my servers are hosted by a third party in the United States. I run a forum-type website, so most content is provided by users. Do I have any liability for illegal content that ...
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Is it illegal to sell a picture of an item (rather than the actual item) with the intent of fooling automated scripts into purchasing it?

As of right now, a lot of scalpers are setting up bots that are buying up hard to get things like capture cards, Xbox Series X, and PS5s. Is it illegal for someone to post a picture of one of these ...
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Is it legal for internet service providers in the EU to severely and systematically undercut advertised bandwidths?

I have a new mobile data plan with a contractually agreed-upon bandwidth limit of "up to 3 Mbit/s". To my knowledge, the "up to" only accounts for unavoidable reductions in ...
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Is it legal for a minor who does not live in California to lie about his/her age in order to access the NRA Web site?

The NRA's Web site currently has a screen verifying that the user is over 18 due to a California law prohibiting "communicat[ing] to those under 18 about broad categories of firearms, parts, and ...
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Sanctions against Russia and Internet subscriptions

Sanctions against Russia become heavier by the day, and an answer to that question might not fit the situation in a few weeks. Please consider the situation as of today. Say a website located in the ...
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What determines the pertinent regulations on the sale of products and services to passengers in international flight?

I hope someone can help. I am conducting research and have been looking at the Chicago and Tokyo conventions with respect to which convention governs the sale of goods and services to passengers when ...
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Under COPPA, if a person says their age on a site and apparently were younger than 13 when they joined, does the site have to do anything?

If a user on a website with a 13+ age rule as required by The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, such as Stack Exchange, signs up in year 1, then says in year 3 that they are less than 15 (and ...
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How to notify the use of cookies (Cookie Law Notice)

I have been investigating notifications about the use of cookies and a question has come up: Why 99.9% of websites do not report correctly about the use of cookies and nothing happens? With "...
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Website using Phonenumber, frequently getting phone calls from strangers

A website is using the mobile/cellphone number of a relative in their contacts. He's getting phone calls from strangers multiple times a week, sometimes even multiple times a day. He's not to familiar ...
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Privacy policy for a non profit emailing list?

I am have recently created a website, where users can supply their email to receive mock programming briefs, once a day, for 32 days. I would like to know what I need to include within a privacy ...
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Is port scanning illegal?

"A port scan or portscan is a process that sends client requests to a range of server port addresses on a host, with the goal of finding an active port; this is not a nefarious process in and of ...
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Do I need to add the option to disable cookies or is just informational popup sufficient?

recently I stumbled upon an EU law about cookies. It is quite unclear to me. I understand that all sites that use cookies has to have some kind of informational popup to tell the users that they use ...
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Why are Brazil and Quebec excluded from Google's CTF competition?

Google is hosting an information security competition (a CTF) with participants from around the world. Their participation rules from 2017 explicitly exclude residents of certain countries: The ...
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Where in the Protect America Act is it stated that the NSA can monitor all electronic communication?

There is a statement that I have heard floating around regarding the Protect America Act (2007) https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/s1927/text and the powers it grants to the NSA (National ...
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Internet banking regulations in the UK

I'm writing a report for some University coursework, in which I am supposed to analyse the security of an online bank. I'm trying, with some difficulty, to find any laws/regulations/standards that ...
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ISP / Internet Cafe liability for copyright infringement in NZ

I recently visited an Internet Cafe in New Zealand that has "Popcorn Time" installed on their computers. "Popcorn Time" is software designed to torrent videos and play them in more-or-less real time. ...
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In Texas is it okay for a person to post photos on a commercial website of private property without the owner's permission?

We hired someone to build decks on our property. He did not do a good job, finish the job, etc. He took photos and posted them on his company website. Is there anything I can do to have them ...
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Does the use of an escrow service affect liabilities?

Would a website that provides a third-party escrow service to protect its members that trade between themselves be increasing its exposure to any additional liabilities? My thinking is that despite ...
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Could something like CyberBunker be legally ran in the US?

CyberBunker is the name of a company and Soviet-era nuclear bunker that has been converted to a datacenter in Holland. They made some news a few years ago when they were raided by a SWAT team, but the ...
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How would one go about a DBA on the internet?

AFAIK a DBA (Doing business as) needs to be for the target market, not for the place of the business. If I'm wrong, that's that. If I'm correct, then how would one who is selling over the internet to (...
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What decentralized services does the Online Safety Bill impose duties upon?

On Tuesday 19 September the Online Safety Bill passed its final Parliamentary debate and is now ready to become law. This is expected to happen imminently. From wikipedia this law applies to: Within ...
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Is ad blocking assistive technology?

Say I run a website. I put ads on my website to make money. I program the web site to refuse service to people who do not actually display the ads, since they make me no money. Then I have a user come ...
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Hotlinking online radio streams

I want to create an online radio directory, with the ability to play the radio stations on my website. For sure, I will only add the radio stations which are broadcasting online and are offering an ...
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Is it legal to mirror a website if that causes a lot of traffic?

There is a website that offers a lot of game patches. I wrote a program that downloads all of them. I want the files for my personal use only. I do not want to publish them on the internet. I think it ...
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Can an individual be held responsible if their code is used maliciously?

For a while now, I have been interested in viruses, backdoors, etc. As a result, I've started to tinker around with techniques on how to go undetectable for educational/personal purposes. I'd like to ...
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Spanish law and IP address as evidence

I have more or less a sense of what the answer is, but I'd rather explore some sides of the question I might not be aware of. In short, a friend of mine (Spanish, living in Spain) has been contacted ...
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Is it legal to use a chatbot as a middleman to access the Web?

In my country (Philippines) Facebook Messenger is free, without the images and video. Even if you don't purchase balance data, you can use Messenger as long as you can connect to the internet. We want ...
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Is there any law in India that mandates address to be published for websites that do business, specially online transactions?

Is there any law that mandates that a physical address to be published for the operators of websites that do business, particularly online transactions? There are laws that mandate a physical address ...
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Legality of avoiding paywalls

Many news sites have paywalls to incentivise people to pay them for their content. There are a number of ways one can get access to this content, depending on the form of the paywall: f12 In some ...
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Japanese / South Korean resident cheating in video games in or from another country

In Japan and South Korea, broadly speaking, cheating in video games is illegal and it's possible to see jail time or fines for something even like modifying Wii local save files. ("Video games&...
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Is YouTube legally required to not allow "Made For Kids" videos to be added to playlists?

In the last few years YouTube introduced a Made For Kids classification for videos, which requires uploaders to state whether a given video is made for children, in which case certain features are ...
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Do i need to include anything in my website Privacy Policy if I launch on Heroku?

I have been working on a web-app as a hobby. The web-app neither collects nor processes personal data, does not set cookies (or otherwise track individual users), and also does not integrate any ...
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Can you import posts from Instagram?

I'm developing an app that users can connect to their Instagram account. Users will have an option to import their posts from their profile feed. With the user's permission, can I show posts from the ...
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How do sexting laws work in the Netherlands?

I've noticed that in some countries the definition of child pornography varies. For example, in Canada, where if a conversation is private between people of a very small age gap and there is never any ...
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Is a terms & conditions generator good enough for my website?

I am currently in the process of setting up a website which will include affiliate links to vendors for various products. I've been looking into the privacy policy and terms & conditions that i'...
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University diploma / various certificates under GDPR

Background: I'm considering building a web (focused to Europe) which, for one of it's part, would require users to upload their university diplomas and/or other similar certificates of achieved ...
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Legal hurdles to providing personalized service based on protected demographics?

I am a computer scientist and UI/UX designer working on a fun project - perfect interface discrimination. Essentially, in the same vein as perfect price discrimination, I want to create a system that ...
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Deletion of Facebook messages

This question has been asked before, but it doesn't bring up several important points. As things currently stand, deleting a Facebook message only removes it from your inbox but the recipient still ...
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