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Obtaining parcel GIS data controlled by a private company that uses public information/funds to maintain it?

I am trying to obtain GIS parcel data for non-commercial purposes. So far, most counties provide this information on their public GIS portals. San Luis Obispo and Orange County said they cannot ...
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What laws allow social media companies to “choose” who to serve, but not brick-and-mortar business?

I'll say right away, I know this hot topic is politically divisive, but I'm hoping for a neutral explanation by people with experience. Social media companies (in addition to banks, payment processors,...
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How does GDPR affect GMail GeoDNS?

My employer (in the EU, where GDPR applies) uses Google GSuite, and as a result I have a work webmail that I can check at the host mail.google.com. From what I understand, Google uses GeoDNS, i.e., ...
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Do I need “cookie management modal” in my web application?

We have a web application (+1000 users) and we use analytics cookies and have also some cookies that are required for the application to work. Before the user creates an account, it has to accept both ...
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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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Do lax and lazy cookie messages comply with cookie laws?

On a web page, I received a cookie pop-up that looked like this: Which reads as: We use cookies. You probably don't care. Click the button to get rid of this pointless message. Whatever (the button) ...
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Is it legal to host a directory of .onion urls?

.onion is a special-use top level domain suffix designating an anonymous hidden service reachable via the Tor network. .onion. (2016, March 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:46,...
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Is visiting the Hidden Wiki legal without visiting any illegal links presented on this site? [duplicate]

Is visiting the Hidden Wiki legal if you do not visit any illegal links presented on this site? For example, for education purposes?
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Can I make a website explaining how to DIY a medical treatment which is not currently approved?

There is a medical treatment which saves lives around the world, but not currently available in the USA, because of new regulation. However this treatment can be easily performed on a DIY basis. There ...
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Where do I put an Impressum on my client's website

We are busy building one of our first websites for a client in the European market. My client has asked that we add an Impressum to their site. I have been reading about these, and it seems pretty ...
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Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act and retweeting with comment

The bill Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act (OFVDA) would, if, passed, amend CDA 230. It includes the following text: RESPONSIBILITY: For purposes of subparagraph (A), being responsible in ...
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First Sale doctrine on digital goods in a virtual world

For our hypothetical we set the stage using Second Life as an example virtual world. Second Life is hosted in the United States by Linden Labs. SL Terms of Service by Linden Labs. People can upload ...
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Web archives and sites with DMCA

Assume the following: A website is indexed by a web archive like the wayback machine. The website receives a DMCA takedown and the content is removed. Does the web archive need to remove the saved ...
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Can I use logos of brands, companies and/or services in a website for linking to my content on those services?

Specifically, can I use the youtube logo on my website as a button to link to a video on youtube that I made? What if I trace the logo, and/or change it a little to fit with the general theme of 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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Blackmailing from Germany [closed]

I don’t know from where I should start but I am from Arabic Sudan and my Ex BF who lives in Germany is blackmailing me with private photos and videos he threat that he with post all over and send it ...
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How do I find out if my Internet Service Provider (ISP) was subpoenaed or released information secondary to a subpoena?

What is the best way to find out if a subpoena was served to my ISP ? Next, is there a way to find out who requested the subpoena and what information was released (if any)?
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Conflicting different country laws when browsing the Internet, as you connect to servers worldwide [duplicate]

When a user browses the Internet, downloads or views content and websites, which law are they under, the law from its own country, from where they are browsing the Internet, or the law from the ...
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Agreement to policies provided by a website link: today's version or any future version?

If I am asked to sign something saying that I agree to follow the policies that are provided from a website link, does that mean I'm agreeing to whatever the state of that website is on the day I'm ...
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Are apps “delivered by a door-to-door salesman” in any way, according to FTC rules?

If a person buys an app on the Google Play store, is the person "buying from a door-to-door salesman" or not? That is, the FTC has a mandatory 3-day "Cooling-off Period for Sales Made ...
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Would I get myself into trouble if I say that I'm using pirated material?

Let's say that I am downloading pirated material (pdf books) via bittorrent because I can not afford to pay for the items. If I later say (admit) that I'm downloading and using these pirated ...
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Can a free website have a terms of service?

I co-own a free website that recently underwent a spam attack. I have considered a terms of service to keep people from abusing the website. However, upon reading sites that inform me how to create ...
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Can action be taken against a Discord server for someone admitting in chat they're under 13 then changing their age to over 13 thereafter?

Suppose you have a Discord server with a member who voluntarily tells people in chat that they are 12 years old. For purposes of this example, the user says I am 12 years old. Then after making that ...
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Would a bitcoin “cleaning” service be legal in New Zealand?

I'd like to create a piece of software or service which takes someone's Bitcoin, goes through a process of "cleaning" it (making it untraceable) and then returning it. Provided the purpose ...
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Does a corporation “ do business” wherever its subsidiaries do?

Does a corporation fall under the jurisdiction of wherever its subsidiaries or affiliates do business ? Consider there is no common branding and operations are separate .
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Website project canceled. Do I need to Restore old page? [closed]

A person contacted me to create a website for him for a fixed price. I verbally agreed. After the client always asked for more functionality, I decided to define the scope in a written contract, also ...
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Is it ok to set up a private music website without royalties? [closed]

Suppose that there is a private band. They occasionally record covers for the fun of it, they don't distribute, sell, or perform live so don't require any permission / royalties for their covers. ...
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Sexting and age

This question is about sexting (a person sending a sexually explicit image of themself to a recipient by electronic means). When can the recipient get in trouble with the law if the person sending ...
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As a French citizen owning an Estonian company, can I be sued for that company activity by another French company under French law?

Within the following situation: I have the French nationality. I have an Estonian company, created as part of the e-Residency program. This company purpose is doing "web scraping", ...
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Are freelancers liable when products they develop for a client suffer data-breaches?

Supposing this is a freelancer & client in the EU and that a website was reasonably secured when developed. Imagine there are no written contracts and a year after delivery this client's website ...
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well, I fell for the sugardaddy scam

So, long of the short. They offered to pay off my meager credit card debt. I was able to cancel all the payments but one. I called my bank and reported a fraudulent payment. It was for $211. So, am I ...
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Will Naver own all user content on Wattpad when the sale goes through?

On January 19, the Naver buy of Wattpad was reported. I am concerned. To my knowledge, Wattpad has allowed users to retain the copyright on their content published on the site, as supported by this ...
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Does section 230 protect users who distribute pirated content?

From my non-lawyer reading, it seems the prime protection in section 230 is clause (c)(1): (1)Treatment of publisher or speaker No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated ...
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In Europe, can I refuse to use Gsuite / Office365 at work?

See above. In a country where GDPR applies (Italy in my case), do I have the right to refuse giving consent to Google and Microsoft to store my personal data, if this account is for work use? Or, in ...
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Publishing research obtained by violating Google's TC

I believe Google's Terms and Conditions prohibit bot scraping: that is, submitting lots of (automated) search queries in a short time. This is enforced by mechanisms such as CAPTCHAs and IP ...
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Can I use my Stack Overflow profile to release the contents of my questions and answers under a secondary license?

As I understand, when I post something on Stack Overflow (or other Stack Exchange sites), I have copyright on the contents of the post and I've licensed significant redistribution and re-licensing ...
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Can I add software logos in my video? [closed]

I make a video about the AR filter that I created, showing my work process. Can I add logos of the applications that I used in this video? And is there any official source fo these logos, or can I ...
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Do default Apache logs violate the GDPR?

Joe is a completely novice Web developer who sets up an Apache server on its defaults, which include collection of log files which basically say "this specific file was requested by this specific IP ...
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Are there legal consequences of being banned by a web service?

If you get IP banned from a website (like reddit), while youre on your phone, do you face any legal repercussions? Does it show up on your record? Do you get banned from other websites? Do the police ...
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What is cyberstalking?

What constitutes cyberstalking? If I contacted a person online 4 times is that cyberstalking? (3 times were over email apologising for accidentally nearly logging onto their account and the 4th time I ...
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How does Google and other websites avoid infringing on 3rd party copyrights for displaying images for 'commercial' purposes?

I really hope someone would be able to clear things up, because this question has been bugging me for a long time now. Google Images (and frequently Google Search as well) shows images associated with ...
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Can I edit a (copyrighted) logo to use for my website?

I've made a website that notifies users when an item on another site (lets call it source site) is on special (the source site does have this feature, but it doesn't work well). For the logo for my ...
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Is it possible to embed a PayPal donation button and still be GDPR compliant? [closed]

I've read that PayPal embeds a pixel in its button which tracks every user that visits the website. Is that true? More generally, is it possible to embed a PayPal donation button and still be GDPR ...
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I emailed a law and data privacy professor regarding an issue I was having to do with internet privacy law. Will I get in legal trouble for this?

I emailed an American law and data privacy professor to ask to help explain whether google could reveal my information if a court order was taken out to identify me. I was very over emotional in the ...
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Downloading music using “online converters”

Is it illegal to use online converters to download .mp3 files of songs from websites such as Soundcloud, YouTube etc. You can search online for terms such as youtube to mp3 or download from ...
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Do I need to file a DBA for a mobile application / website published using my LLC's name?

I have formed an LLC in my state. I am currently developing a mobile application under a different name, but published as my LLC. Note, the mobile application itself will not generate revenue directly....
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Is it legal to view a site's directories/files/bare index that contain sensitive information?

I've been getting into cyber security and learned there are certain sites that have their directory browsing enabled, like a URL that contains the files/folders of a site that contain content, which ...
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Where can I find a comprehensive document of computer laws?

I am interested in computers and want to pursue this interest further by getting my education in programming and security. I've only just started so I'm scared that I might break some law that was not ...
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Liability for hyperlinking

Is there any jurisdiction which holds a website liable for policies of another website for hyperlinking to that website.Liability refers to any requirement like tracking number of link clicks or ...

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