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Are vigilantes actions on DDoSing child porn sites illegal?

There still exist many illegitimate child porn sites on the web. Some vigilantes organized and DDoS those child porn sites, typically because they think the government is inadequate to seize the ...
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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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Legality of reading unpaid e-book/research paper (ex. from genlib/sci-hub)

What is the legality of reading unpaid e-book/research paper (ex. from site like genlib/sci-hub) (In my case, in Indonesia). is someone eligible to be charged because they downloaded the e-book/...
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Is it legal to disclose a technical vulnerability publicly that might cause a monetary loss to millions of people?

I'll cite an example that came to my mind to crisply explain the essence of my question. It might contain some extreme assumptions not rooted in real world examples. Computer scientist John Doe who ...
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Can I download an image from fandom?

The image I want to get is from fandom and it's from a movie (a promotional image) so I'm wondering if I can legally do it. I would prefer a yes or no answer.
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Is legal to block tracking cookies by tool (machine arrangement)?

I was browsing and suddenly my browser told me that blocked tracking cookies. (Of course some time before I was told that from now on it is able to do so.) I wonder if it is truly legal to block ...
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Are Brazilian companies allowed to store the first 6 digits of my card number?

I tried buying a bus ticket online from a bus company from Brazil and the payment failed. However, in the history of payments the failed transaction shows the first 6 and the last 4 digits of my card ...
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Can law enforcements from country(A) request or force an isp or a company from country(B) handover its logs?

If someone hacks a server from country(A) using a vpn from country(B), law enforcements from country(A) must obtain logs from the vpn company or the vpn isp from country(B) inorder to find the person ...
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How does a company, with a multinational presence, establish the correct Jurisdiction to work within?

For the purpose of this question, let's assume an eCommerce company has the following profile: Registration Location: London; Distribution and Manufacturing: London; Domain Name: www.example.co....
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Will I go to jail if I made an Artificial Intelligence?

I am a programmer, I'm always using different programming languages to make something like a hobby or just my playground. Now I have several insights of how can I make an Artificial Intelligence, ...
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Is publishing a web scraping script on Github to get data from a website to publish it on another place, illegal?

I have written a script that fetches some information that is on a website and upon command it publishes it on another place. Is it illegal to publish it on Github and also if you use it?
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Can a person use a picture of me for a non profit organization? It’s on the internet and I’m not happy about it?

My picture is on a non profit organization without my permission. Can this be removed ? The title at hand states recovering sexual abuse .
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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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GDPR IFrame Cookies - Opt-In necessary?

A lot of googling didn't help me with the following questions: Given I own a website which only creates one cookie that identifies a users session - is it okay to embed said website in an iframe ...
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“Impersonating” a government agent for an Alternate Reality Game

Say I'm creating an alternate reality game where I want players to be contacted by an FBI agent through email. Ideally, in order for players to remain immersed, the email would appear to be actual ...
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Can governments require administrators of groups on social media platforms to buy licenses?

The Kenyan government now wants administrators of WhatsApp groups and other social media platforms to pay for licenses. Is this possible with the GDPR, Facebook privacy policy, etc., as the proposed ...
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Why is nudity prohibited on dating sites / social media?

It seems like all big social media sites and dating apps prohibit users from uploading photos containing nudity. Is there a legal motivation for that?
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License of a code resulting from following a Youtube tutorial

I was following this tutorial on YouTube - https://youtu.be/V_lAhqLXT9A where you download some starter files and then edit them according to the tutorial to make a website. I wonder what legal ...
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Checking out products for “free” [duplicate]

I added products to my digital "shopping cart" worth $700, I was going to pay for it and I'd filled in my adres and completed the form, however the site immediately directed me to the final phase of ...
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Am I allowed to use the word “Android” in my YouTube channel name?

Say I have a YouTube channel about Android development. And I want to name my channel to something like "Android Guy" / "Android Dude" / ... My question here is: am I legally allowed to include the ...
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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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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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Is download Public S3 AWS Buckets illegal?

What are S3 Buckets? An Amazon S3 bucket is a public cloud storage resource available in Amazon Web Services' (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3), an object storage offering. Amazon S3 buckets, which ...
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Unsolicited ideas clause in terms of service in the context of corporate email contact links?

Most term of service contracts have a unsolicited ideas clause that contains language like: suggestions or ideas relating to enhancements, new or improved products, technologies etc. If the ...
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Why does Android care if my carrier doesn't want me to create a WiFi hotspot?

I recently purchased an unlocked Android phone (Motorola G7) and when I try to enable a WiFi hotspot I get the message "Your current rate plan does not support this feature". I've seen various ...
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Posting School Yearbook photos on private Group FB page made up of former students

I am co-Administrator of a private FaceBook group of former students who attended my high school. I frequently take photos with my camera of photos printed in our high school yearbooks & post them ...
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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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Downloading an image from wallofcelebrities.com

Is Wallofcelebrities a legal place to download images from? I would like to get one of Kayla Compton, but I'm not sure if these photos are being illegally distributed.
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Does anonymised Google Analytics require positive opt-in under GDPR/PECR?

The EU defines personal data as: ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can ...
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Is it legal to create user accounts on behalf of users?

Suppose that a customer wants an online or cloud service provider to port all their users from their old system to the provider's new system. Most of them won't know this is happening. It seems like ...
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business intentionally hijacking search traffic of competitor

Texas: Successful small business working on search engine optimization / link back / search elevation... I determine major provider (yellowpages) has entry for us. Lists us by old address, and clicks ...
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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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Opting out of cookies by emailing a company

Is it legal for a company, which serves customers in the EU as well as elsewhere, to say in its privacy policy that you can opt out of analytical and marketing cookies by emailing them? Rather than ...
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Is internet tracking “public info” for insider trading purposes?

Suppose I own a search engine. I look at my server logs and see that the query "how to fix exploding engine" is very popular in the area around Tesla headquarters. Would it be legal to act on this ...
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As a website owner, what's my legal requirement to ask for SIN number

We have a job recruitment system that we installed which includes a public website where people can apply for jobs directly on the internet. One of the fields is SIN number that displays by default. ...
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Private company making it hard to delete customer's personal data

Storyline A friend of mine opened an account with an online company that sells picture prints. Without her knowing, just after signing in, somehow (she did not understand how; probably through the ...
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Is there a way to let users of an audio editor web application upload audio files (music, most likely), without copyright infringement?

I assume, in case of a desktop app, the author of the software doesn't have to take responsibility for the software being used with pirated music, if all files are stored on the users computer. ...
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Writing/using selfmade API for DeepL

I just learned that scrapping the web is not always as legal as I thought it is. Apperantly a website can prohibit in its Terms Of Service the use of webscrappers for their website. The translator ...
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Can I sell origin accounts with games on eBay?

I wanted to ask if I can sell Origin accounts on eBay... is it illegal if I sell them? I have 1 account that I don’t use and it has the sims 4 with almost all the packs and I was thinking to sell it ...
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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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Is using a bot to post data to a system that doesn't have an API (via a “Ghost Browser” such as Selenium) illegal?

I am looking at creating a consolidation like service that posts data of the same type* across a network of third-party websites, most of which do not have open, or free APIs. If you used Selenium ...
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If I answered questions on a web forum, does it violate US copyright for me to publish the exchange?

Suppose on a web forum I answered a series of questions from different individuals. Suppose I then wanted to publish and sell the exchange as an ebook. Is this a violation of copyright in the US? ...
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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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Ignore an invoice issued by an internet registration

I have registered for a training which is going to be organized in Germany. The registration was done by a form in which I have mentioned my personal information, my address, and the company I work ...
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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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Leagalities of recreating a website design but not using publically

I am wanting to try and "copy" a website design, for an example let's use facebook. What I am going to do is simply try to recreate the page layout completely from scratch. The only resources I will ...
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Displaying a website in a webview inside a mobile application - copyright infringment

Is it a breach of copyright to create a mobile application which simply displays another website in a webview as it is available online?
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Is a monthly Patreon donation\subscription, a contractual obligation to pay someone?

Let's say I have a prepaid card with a balance of 0$ and I am subscribed to a Patreon user for the recurring monthly donation of $50. Let's say I remain subscribed to the Patreon user for 10 months, ...

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