Questions tagged [privacy]

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Is it illegal to fetch a picture from another phone remotely after having a consent Or prior Permissions?

Me and my girlfriend are using an app that takes the access of your partners phone camera, then clicks the image & sends image back to requester. After fiddling with it, we are planning to launch ...
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Legality regarding methodology of Green Pass check at work (Italy)

Background: Regarding Covid-19 in the EU we have the so called "Green Pass", which put simply shows one of three things: You completed your vaccination cycle (depends on previous illness ...
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Can e-mail addresses be considered PII under US law?

Let's say a private e-mail address used by a senior citizen (in WA) is provided to a company (also operating in WA). Assume the address is unique to the citizen's use of the company's services. No ...
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Does a web application ToS or privacy policy need to be in "legal" text?

I created a web application where users can create content online. The data that they created is stored in an online database and others can see it with the link to their content online. I want to ...
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Can you legally use eye tracking on your website?

If user visits your website, can you legally use their camera to track where they are looking at and then transform this data to heatmaps? If yes, under what circumstances? Our company created a web ...
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In the US, can disputed claims (factual dispute) still be reported to a credit bureau?

In the US, when reporting unpaid claims to a credit bureau, may creditors also report claims where there is a factual dispute? For example, if I order something online, then do not pay the invoice ...
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Are there any regulation, or laws put in place that regulate how often privacy policies can be updated?

In reference to the recent change of the Stack Exchange privacy policy: Most people reading this are probably aware, but the Stack Exchange Privacy Policy has changed, which is a little frustrating. ...
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Under GDPR's strict consent requirement rules, could a criminal/hacker/troll remain anonymous in all his activities?

Since GDPR strictly requires consent to Personal Identifiable Information (PII), could a criminal exploit online services by remaining anonymous in all his criminal activities? Providers are not ...
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Does the law give provisions for well known service providers to deny service if users don't accept their privacy policy?

Service providers like Google and Facebook are pretty much part of people's lives. Like how the law has provisions for 'well known brands' (eg. generic trademarks and common carriers), does the law ...
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Privacy and ownership of my medical records

Can I request my medical records (such as having had a flu, surgery, etc) to be taken out, to keep them myself instead of trusting an institution to respect my privacy according to any EU laws? I have ...
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Can you opt out of use of your personal information by your country's registry?

I was changing my address a week ago and I noticed that it said in tiny letters that the information I provide may be used for direct advertising, marketting, scientific research, data collection and &...
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If my electronic devices are searched, can a police officer use my ideas?

On my phone, I have many different ideas for startups, books, and other creative endeavours. Most of them are probably (or certainly) worthless, but a few have some potential. As I understand it, ...
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Can you preemptively check local storage before user agrees under Cookie Law?

I am pretty new to the idea of asking for consent for storage for a website because I'm American. I understand that if I want to store anything, I need to ask users for consent. However, I'm confused ...
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In CA: If one borrows a phone to send text messages and returns the phone without deleting them, is it legal for the owner to read or share the texts?

In California, A borrowed a cell phone from B, which A used for months. Then, A returned the phone without deleting the text messages and even gave B the password to unlock the phone. Is it legal for ...
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Since cold emailing/SMS/phone is illegal, how am I still receiving a lot of marketing calls/emails/SMS

I live in Australia where privacy laws are considered quite stringent. Yet I keep receiving marketers calling me, emails (which somehow escape my SPAM) and sometimes SMS as well. Which begs a question,...
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University Searching of Apartmenrs

In the state of California, landlords cannot enter their tenants room except under a small subset of reasons. Would a University (excluding campus police) renting rooms to students be able to search ...
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The Right to be Forgotten: can it be used to hide past public (news) information?

In the EU there is a "Right to be forgotten" This was created by Directive 95/46/EC in 2012 as a right to insist that search engines not link to personal data, and subsumed into tech "...
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Why do some online services and cloud apps market their security and privacy based on legal jurisdiction?

I noticed many privacy focused apps make a point of selecting which country their servers and data is stored in. Why is this and is their reasoning valid? For example this article compares the cloud ...
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Is it legal to upload a photo from a private place without the subject's permission?

Last night we had a small gathering in my neighbour's front garden. Her next door neighbour took some pictures and posted them to Facebook. This is not the first time and in the past we have told her ...
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Can my landlord install a device to record when I access my apartment?

The question Can my landlord require me to agree to third-party terms of service if they install a smart lock on my door during my lease? led me to read the newspaper article Hell's Kitchen Landlord ...
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How can you guarantee deletion of consumer data on the internet?

I have a bit of conundrum in thinking of making a business directory site listing businesses and people in a community-driven/edited way (like Wikipedia). Say that a community of people add personal ...
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What is the relationship between free speech and data privacy?

I am learning the basics about CCPA, hoping to create a directory of organizations (and the people of those organizations), in a community-driven fashion like Wikipedia. From what I understand now, ...
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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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Is it legal for a college to ask for a 12-month financial history?

I'm trying to pull together my in-state residency petition before my fall bill is due after finding out suddenly that my residency was listed as out-of-state while I was on scholarship. The petition ...
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Is Google's Consent Management Platform not GDPR compliant since it does not show a consent form when 'personalised ads' are disabled?

This question borders the line between technical and legal but I am posting here because it is not a coding problem in itself. Apologies if this is the wrong forum. I have set up my mobile app to use ...
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What does Right of Privacy includes in India?

Is there any Right to Privacy in India? Where is it applicable? Is it applicable for minors too? Can it stop parents from reading their kids' diaries? Or from reading their texts? In which part of the ...
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Is it a breach of privacy law in Australia if schools track student device usage at home?

Since I usually only use programming Stack Exchange sites, sorry if I do anything wrong in this post. My school recently installed software on all student devices (owned by the school) which can track ...
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Do I still need to check if users are inside of EEA/UK for GDPR consent if my Android app is ONLY released in countries outside of EEA/UK?

Example: A US user downloads the Android app from the US Google Play Store The user does not view any consent form and begins using the app and viewing ads The user then travels to EEA/UK and ...
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Dutch Portrait rights for persona

I'm no lawyer, so the following is to the best of my understanding. In Dutch copyright law there's the notion of portrait rights. This law specifies certain restrictions for the author of a photo/...
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I need my twitter deleted

I have seen one similar question but it is almost two years old, and there's a bit more to it. I created a twitter account a long time ago because I was doing live streaming on adult websites. I need ...
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Is it legal to film someone and upload it to YouTube?

Is it legal to film someone and upload it to YouTube? I keep seeing videos of people throwing racial slurs or doing something bad on YouTube. I am wondering if it's even legal to post people doing ...
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Is a person masturbating in a public bathroom/office bathroom committting an offense? [duplicate]

I was always led to believe that public masturbation only covers places where there isn't an expectation of privacy that people work and hang around (i.e. parks, supermarkets, hospital) so it would be ...
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Can a university in Vietnam use COVID-19 to force students to reveal personal information?

Asking for a friend, assume "I" is said friend. I'm a student of a university in Vietnam. My university has sent out an email to all students to fill out a Google spreadsheet, which is open ...
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Would it be legal to sequence human DNA from wastewater?

DNA can Identify Individuals I have asked this question in the biology stackexchange. Below the law part: I know that there are some efforts from scientists working with bladder cancer to perform ...
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Is an email private or confidential just because we say so in Canada? [duplicate]

I received an email that claimed that its contents were confidential and private, and not to be shared. Sometimes people have automatic privacy notices at the footers of their emails, which is not the ...
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What laws/regulations/statutes must LexisNexis follow regarding opt-out privileges of certain groups

One can go to LexisNexis to suppress information. There are several options on why you want your information suppressed, but three stood-out: I am a public/elected Official I am a law enforcement ...
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California: Unauthorized Access to Medical Info

I took a Covid vaccine few weeks ago with Walgreens. Suddenly in the news, California states they have an electronic record of everyone's vaccine, just provide the info on a website, and you will get ...
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Can I force an interior designer to stop using photos of my home. We said no photos at the start of the project and i just found them online

interior designer, permission for photos for promotion and or online specifically denied. we like our privacy and said so. Also, some photos online show that the home was staged with additional ...
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Is Apple's private relay feature illegal in Colombia and South Africa, and if so, why?

Apple has announced a new browsing feature designed to hide a user's browsing from others. The article linked above said the feature is banned in: China, Saudi Arabia or Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, ...
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Katie Hill's loss to the Daily Mail (5/2021) vs. Hulk Hogan's win over Gawker (3/2016) - why the difference in outcome?

Both Katie Hill and Hulk Hogan are public figures - both had private images involuntarily published. Both cases were consensual relations. However in Hill's case she violated job regulations having ...
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US Federal agency says a vaccine can be required. What does this mean?

The EEOC, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a US Federal agency, is reported as saying that employers can require people to take vaccines. What does required mean? Can employers fire people ...
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Does it violate HIPAA to ask if employees are vaccinated? [duplicate]

My new company requires their employees to wear a mask if they are not vaccinated from COVID-19. When I came in for my first day, earlier this week, I saw some people not wearing a mask, and I asked ...
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What are the laws on taking a photograph in someone’s bedroom and posting it online without permission from homeowner?

Someone takes a photo of themselves in their friend’s bedroom, without their friend’s knowledge or consent, and posts it online. Some of the art on the wall is handmade by the friend, and was not ...
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Is it legal to issue private road notices on public estates in the UK

This morning I parked my car around the corner in a new housing estate and walked to work. When I got back to my car, I found this stuck on the windshield... The housing estate is completely new and ...
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Talent consent withdrawal in film in Europe

Consider the following scenario of right to erasure in film-making in Europe. Person A makes amateur live-action films, for example theater performances. Person B is in one of those performances and ...
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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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