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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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Internet Domains and Trademarks

I have owned a domain in the U.S. for last sixteen years. A foreign entity, who started operations in their country of origin (in Europe), filed a conflicting trademark in their own country in the 70'...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are Online Contracts signed by a Minor and their Guardian/Parent Legally Binding

Amazon Web Services in their agreement explicitly requires you to be able to lawfully enter into contracts. [...] You represent to us that you are lawfully able to enter into contracts [...] If I ...
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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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Public WiFi - when do you have to delete stored user data?

Note: I originally thought of this for germany, but if you have examples from other countries those are also welcome, since im interested in the topic in general. So lets say im using a public WiFi, ...
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Heathrow public wi-fi and Data Retention Regulations

My friend visited Heathrow airport and he used their public wifi. He said that he had to provide only his name and email and got access to the Internet. He had not validated his email to get access, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Doesn't COPPA incentivize mislabeling Youtube videos?

My understanding of the current situation with Youtube and COPPA is that Google was collecting private data (comments, viewing history, email addresses) about kids, which is a clear violation of COPPA....
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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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Can Cloudflare override ICANN's Registrar Accreditation Agreement through a user agreement?

I moved a domain name over Cloudflare's registrar recently, and when inquiring whether I could change the nameservers to point to a third-party host, I was pointed towards a specific part of their ...
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Replace User ID with pseudonym, still need consent?

I use a service called Matomo (as opposed to Google Analytics) so that I can own the data collected, and I thought they were better in regards of user privacy. My goal is to avoid collecting any ...
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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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Is port-scanning my own WiFi network illegal in Australia?

I've recently been drawn into pen-testing and port-scanning and I wanted to give it a try. I am unsure of the laws around port-scanning in Australia. Could I get in trouble with my WiFi provider if I ...
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Does the UK have a legal precedent for “inherence” with refunding digital goods (& associated contracts)?

For example, if one were to purchase a digitally distributed video game, then a year or two later purchase DLC (or other content reliant on the game to be used), if a refund was obtained on the ...
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Is it legal to track a scammer's IP address?

One of my contacts has messaged me asking for help about a scam. He was saying that one same person keeps harassing him with scam messages threatening to put some videos of him online if he doesn't ...
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Does Deep Packet Inspection violate privacy laws?

Most, if not all ISPs do some form of Deep Packet Inspection under the guise of maintaining QOS, security mitigation, legal compliance, and/or national security. Some have even gone as far as offering ...
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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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Selling an application that scrapes Google, Bing, Yahoo

Is it legal to sell an application that scrapes search results from several search engines and uses this information for the application functionality? Application is sold to people for their ...
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How is digital property protected by the fourth amendment?

I recently watched a documentary called Deep Web. It featured the drug market on the deep web and the arrest and trial of Ross Ulbricht. He was indicted on charges for drug trafficking over the deep ...
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Which information is it illegal to keep when a user wants to delete his/her account?

I am creating a company that offers a certain service to private individuals and professionals. I know that if someone wants to delete his/her account, we have the obligation to grant the user this ...
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Website shows which Powerball ticket combos have been picked

Recently it has been big news that the Powerball lottery has grown to record jackpot sizes and if no winner by Saturday it could hit 2 billion dollars. There are roughly 2.92 million possible ...
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List of things that are illegal to sell online?

I'm looking for a list of products/things/services that are illegal to sell online. Preferably not just things that are illegal to sell in person as well. For instance, I believe it is illegal to ...
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Is republishing social meta tag's content permissible for commercial use?

Is it legal to do the following (which Facebook and Twitter do for commercial use): embed social meta tag's public content (such as pictures) on a website for commercial use, linking back to the ...
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Does my claimant have a right to copyright audio from a popular reciter?

I got plenty of copyright claims on my YouTube channel from Qanawat Audio because I uploaded videos with Abdullah Al-Juhani's recitations in them. I wonder, were they right in copyrighting my video? ...
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Is our website responsible for users' offline actions?

On our website clients find models for their photo shootings, castings, promotional events, etc. A client transfers an escrow payment to us and when a model finishes the job we sent the money to the ...
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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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Law regarding licensing database of publicly available factual information

Some friends and I were working on a startup and we plan to consult with actual lawyers before moving forward. We want to get a list of company names in an industry and we found firm that as a ...
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Is a website for “exchanging” fan-fiction works legal?

I want to make a website where fan-fiction writers will write a story based on a prompt given by another, and said "another" will in exchange write a story based on their prompt. In other ...