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Privacy and GDPR on Facebook

I have a doubt regarding the privacy on Facebook and the law application. Also lawyers That I have spoken with, seem not very sure about the matter. In particular I would like to know if it is my ...
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Can the German Embassy go through your Whatsapp messages during Visa document verification process?

I am a Pakistani professional living and working in Germany under an "EU Blue Card" visa. I got married a little while back and to join me in Germany, my wife has applied for a Family ...
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Is there a constitutional reason why there can be no legislation requiring commercial VPN operators to register veneer IPs?

For the purposes of this question, let's simplify what VPN operators do as "they allow their customers' internet protocol (aka IP) addresses to appear as other (veneer) IPs to the counter-parties ...
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Is there a law preventing a business owner from publicly displaying your photograph and name, and a debt they say you owe?

Can a business owner post your full name and your photograph, with an amount of money they say you owe them, on the wall of their business? Does it violate any right to privacy? Assume for the sake of ...
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Mask mandate for unvaccinated employees and privacy

Is it legal for an employer such as a public school (in the US) to impose a mask mandate on only unvaccinated employees, or would that be a violation of those employees ADA or HIPPA rights? It seems ...
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What can be done if messenger changes messages I have sent without my agreement?

I'm using one popular messenger app. I'm from Ukraine, but the messenger is registered in the UK. One year ago I sent a poll to one private group (i.e. people can join it only by invitation given by ...
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Posting pictures of a rude employee… legal?

I’m curious as to what would the legalities be if I were to post a review of a local restaurant (negative) and include a photo I took at the time of the poor service that included the extremely rude ...
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GDPR and Telecom law broken, mobile network operator refuses to disclose user of a phone number

I got today a very unnerving phone call. It was a telemarketing, but unlike any other I had before, this was automated system and it suggested it knew much more about me than my number. I'm talking ...
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UK Law Question (England): Can I Sue someone if they post a video of me on social media Without my Consent?

Scenario: Someone starts talking to you while they record you without you knowing it. You notice they're recording you and they tell you the video is going on Youtube. You tell them that this is only ...
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Encryption over handheld transceiver

I'm aware that encryption of amateur radio communications is prohibited (or rather, any technique to make the message unreadable is). Does this apply to handheld transceivers ("Walkie-Talkies&...
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Are Wix.com and WordPress.com GDPR compliant?

When signing up to Wix.com or WordPress.com there is a bundled consent practice which seems to violate Art.7(4). Note than even no Privacy Policy mentioned in WP.com https://automattic.com/privacy/ ...
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Is criticizing a public figure on a private chat libel?

X is currently involved in a legal battle with said ex-wife regarding child abuse by parental alienation of his child. X, with a friend in a similar position, created a private support group on ...
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Can we provide IP address data that might not be the user's data?

We have a user who is being harassed by somebody and on our service, the harasser filled out the user's password reset form. This created a log entry that essentially says <Harasser's IP address&...
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Zipcar won't delete my driver's license from their records; are they legally required to?

I cancelled my Zipcar account 5 years ago. Today I tried to re-open it. I created a new account, but it wouldn't allow me to because it said my driver's license was already in use. I called customer ...
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Is the local police required to notify suspects of online surveillance in the state of Nevada?

Can the local police execute or facilitate online surveillance, or cell data surveillance, without notifying the subject in the state of Nevada?
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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 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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What charges does one risk if they share personal pictures without permission?

This question was inspired by something I read on another Stack Exchange website. Basically, Mr. Johnson works at a small company Good Company. His responsibility is to manage and organise the ...
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When filing for bankruptcy, is everything filed publicly accessible via PACER?

I know bankruptcies are public records, but does that mean everything you file is public? Every debt, even personal ones? Every domain name which would otherwise be protected by registrar privacy? I ...
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Legalities of making a documentary/biography about a person's life

I just read an article about how Mike Tyson is calling for a boycott of Hulu over a documentary they are making about his life. He says the documentary is 'unauthorized' and that an 'authorized' life ...
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How to identify whether our organization is subjected to the juridication of federal trade commission (FTC)

our organization is registered in the United States. By registering the company in the US means, are we under the jurisdiction of the FTC? or is it something else? because we are planning to get the ...
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Can an employer ask an employee about personal health matters (HIPAA) and COBRA decision in public?

Hypothetical Scenario (in the US): Susan's employer, MoneySavers, offers COBRA to employees who separate from the company. Susan has given her two weeks' notice (she has quit her job) and will soon ...
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UK: What information are the police legally required to collect when going door-to-door, and why?

A few days ago, a police officer knocked on my door in the evening and asked whether I had noticed any disturbances in my street earlier in the day - he said it was in relation to reports that they'd ...
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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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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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Would it be illegal to withdraw a disclaimer that no “National Security Letters” requests have been made *today*?

According to EFF: By using NSLs, the FBI can directly order companies to turn over information about their customers and then gag the companies from telling anyone that they did so. Because the ...
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Can I say that I am utilizing same terms & conditions and privacy policy of this (xyz) website?

I am running a service A that uses some other service B. The company L also provides and uses the service B for themself as well for service K. Can I say on my service website A that my service ...
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Does the United States' Fourth Amendment cover privacy violations by private corporations?

For the sake of contrast, consider the wording of the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the ...
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Was the EncroChat Hack Legal? If not, is there a legal mechanism which could allow the evidence to be used?

Disclaimer: I am aware there are a lot nuances within law, particularly within each country, as such this question only concerns the wider EU law and UK law as these are the courts I am interested in ...
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How are corporations imprisoned?

If a corporation is criminally charged while handling privacy data wrongly (assume such a law exists if it does not) in India who is liable? Is it the chairman, deparment of privacy, employees ...
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Resume Writer asks: Who owns the copyright - me or my client?

I'm a professional resume writer (among other things). Clients regularly pay me to completely overhaul their resumes. Over the years I've amassed a large collection of well-written resumes. I would ...
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Is it legal to advertise a service as 'free' if they collect data?

I noticed that a lot of companies label themselves as 'free' even though they collect personal data (which in today's day and age is practically a currency in and of itself). I was wondering how/if it'...
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Should the client be informed every time when more personal data is requested under GDPR Article 13?

A SaaS company offers some services, which require registration. Its clients are notified about Terms of Service and Privacy Policy during the registration process. Should the company send to the ...
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Twitter and account deactivation - Do you have to explicitly ask for account to be deleted if company nowhere says that it will do so? [duplicate]

I am trying to delete my Twitter account. Twitter only has a "deactivate" account button, and no "delete" account button, as I posted here. It looks like in the guides posted by ...
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GDPR: What data am I allowed to keep after a user requests deletion?

I struggle to find an insightful article on what, specifically, I have to delete and what I don't have to delete when a user requests deletion of their data. Some things are obvious to me: personal ...
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Twitter has no “delete account” button - no mention of data deletion after 30 days of account deactivation - GDPR and European law enforcement

I want to delete my Twitter account. I believe Article 17(1)(a) of GDPR compels Twitter to give me the option to do that. But Twitter has no "delete account" button. There is only a "...
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How can I request an ISP to disclose their customer's identity?

As far as I know, breaking the law online in Germany (such as sharing copyrighted content) often results in a fine from a private law firm which gets your personal data from your provider by sending ...
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Does a state Department of Revenue typically have access to your property / home?

Here's an interesting one, the Department of Revenue (Montana) shows up on your property. They seem nice, and they want to measure your house / walk around in it etc. It's still under construction. ...
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What are the privacy implications of using a prescription discount from the manufacturer?

Healthcare providers and pharmacies will sometimes offer a manufacturer card or coupon to provide a discounted price for a prescription product. My understanding is that pharmacies are bound by HIPPA ...
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If I accidentally agree for new WhatsApp's terms and conditions, How to revert that?

WhatsApp team updates their policy and it will be from Feb 8. I accidentally agreed with the policy. Later I realized the policy is not good. How can I revert my agreement with the WhatsApp team? We ...
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Privacy Policy question

Can I use the pen name as the full name of the legal entity on the privacy policy of my new author website (I'm using my christian name and mother's maiden name as my pen name). I'm UK based. Thanks
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Are websites mandated to retain I.P. addresses fr five years or not under this regulation or id is a mis interpretation?

If one searches about "Indonesia data retention law 5 years" one will find that there seems t be a regulation in Indonesia that states that one must retain ll collected data fr five years ...
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Question about privacy and posting social media comments

Lies upon lies were written by an Instagrammer with an extremely big ego, claiming to have held 2 PhDs by the age of 19 and subsequently 4 by the age of 31. Also, touting an IQ of 170+ and deeming ...
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Is it legal for a parent in Florida to remove their minor child's doors and install a surveillance camera looking into the bathroom and bedroom?

Is it legal for a parent to take off a 15 year old's bathroom and bedroom doors and place a camera that looks into the bathroom and bedroom?
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Is it legal to record a phone conversation if you pretend to be someone else?

In a recently published video, Alexey Navalny calls one of the FSB's operatives who participated in Navalny's poisoning, and, pretending to be his colleague, manages to record some evidence about the ...
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Why are photos of people in public blurred?

If one has no reasonable expectation of privacy while out in public, why are faces so often blurred out in photos and video? For example, on Google Earth.
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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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Lease Addendum (California) waiving privacy rights to “recordings” - what kind of recordings are implied?

My apartment lease contract in California (Bay Area) has an addendum about waiving the rights to "recordings" taken or made of me. The addendum is formulated in highly legal jargon and its ...
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According to GDPR, does privacy decision made on website legally affect mobile app settings also?

We're implementing the EU's GDPR regulations on a certain project and I'm wondering about the following: Company A develops an App, which also has a website version available to customers. The website ...
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My bank sold a local branch to another bank, including my accounts, without my permission. Is that legal?

My bank sold a local branch to another bank (in the state of Wisconsin, United States of America), including my accounts, without my permission. My first knowledge of it was that my debit card was ...

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