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"Find my device" and GDPR compliance

Google and Apple both offer a "Find my Device" service which allows to track or even remotely wipe a stolen device. Yet some companies claim that tracking stolen devices is not a legitimate ...
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What California appellate court case is this call-privacy case?

I am looking for a case where a California appellate court made a factual analysis if the state's confidential communications statutes, Pen. Code § 632, et seq., was applicable where the call was too ...
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Is it possible to rent a place without giving out all my personal information?

I am trying to rent a place in Sydney, Australia. I believe this question remains valid regardless where you live. When renting a place, a real estate agent is permitted by law to ask for as much ...
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Other use of profile photos: legality fair-use and permissions

I'm building an app that works across mobile devices and browsers. There is a chat component and I will be showing the profile photos that I find on the user's phone book (not from the image folders). ...
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Under what circumstances is it lawful or unlawful for police to disclose one's information to third parties, e.g. complainants?

Is it basically neither prohibited nor required and thus entirely to police discretion as to whether or not to disclose parties' details to either their purported victims, or to other parties like ...
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Do I need to worry about GDPR, CCPA, CalOPPA, if collecting anonymous usage for a non-commercial, no-ads app?

I am developing a free, non-commercial Android App that does not use Ads or in anyway attempt to share their information with a third-party. However, I would like to include both Google Analytics and ...
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Why is the onus for adhering to privacy directives (e.g. GDPR, CCPA, etc.) on a host and not the user?

(Apologies in advance for the lengthy epistle) Background: A colleague is planning to launch a social media and forum website which will appeal to a relatively narrow audience. For the sake of ...
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GDPR & Blocking EU Visitors?

I recently chatted with a colleague who is preparing to launch a social networking and forum website which targets a relatively narrow audience (for discussion, let's say it is a dating site that ...
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Do you need to disclose that you are sending error logs from their organization to a server you own and disclose security risks associated with it?

Do you need to disclose that you are sending error logs from their organization to a server you own and disclose security risks associated with it? We have an application hosted on our own AWS servers ...
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Permission to work as freelancer

Is it permitted to work as a freelancer on upwork or another freelancer website if you live on Germany or not ?
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Are auto-generated identifiers PII if they cannot be linked to an identity?

The reason for this post is to express a contradiction that seems to be widespread in some places on the internet. I'm not a lawyer, I'm a software developer doing my best to comply with the GDPR and ...
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ADP Payroll Services and privacy

Does there exist protections for employees regarding Personally Identifiable Information that employers gather? Does there exist protections for employees regarding Personally Identifiable Information ...
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Does the US Government monitor and/or revoke newly naturalized citizens?

I know to some extent the US watches everyone, but what I am thinking of is whether newly naturalized citizens are watched to see if their naturalization process seems insincere in hindsight. For ...
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Is storing on EU-based servers sufficient to be GDPR-compliant with regard to the Schrems II arrest if they're controlled by a U.S. company?

After the Schrems II decision, data transfers to US data processors are increasingly risky at best, for example to public cloud providers such as GCP, Azure, and AWS. A very common suggestion is to ...
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Are there examples of successful CCPA enforcement on businesses without legal presence in California?

I'm looking for examples of enforcement where: A website was operating outside California, with no California legal entity established and no payments accepted from California users A court in ...
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Do you need to remove a customer's data for GDPR or the like, if that data has been anonymized and used as part of an aggregate?

Say I have a SaaS which collects users financial information, or location information, or other random information, and aggregates it in an anonymous way. Say for example I present to my users "...
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GDPR - When does data become personal data, and what exactly comprises personal data?

As a software developer, I am currently in the process of developing a small video analytics tool. I would like to take extra care regarding the GDPR, and have a hard time understanding the following: ...
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Cookie Law: do anonymized analytics require cookie consent?

In recent years a lot of privacy-aware analytics solutions have started popping up. These generally work using a very similar principle (see e.g. Fathom's algorithm): Create a fingerprint of the user ...
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Why is the Privacy Act called the Privacy Act?

The American Privacy Act allows subjects to access copies of records held on them by US government agencies. But what does it have to do with privacy?
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Is it legal to wear a short a little transparent like this, outside?

Is it legal or prohibited to wear, for example in my garden where I can be seen by others, or at the beach, a semi-transparent shorts and my organs under (…like the picture)?
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Are terms of use considered a contract from GDPR point of view?

If service terms of use doesn’t talk about setting up a contract between the company and the user, can you use «execution of contract» as the lawfulness for GDPR processing ? If signup data is ...
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How does Facebook justify non-compliance with GDPR subject access requests?

At first when Max Schrems started doing it they complied in good faith completely. Now they don't. Do they have some legal theory or workaround as to why they were required to back then but no longer ...
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What is the case law on the admissibility of warrantless drone footage in court?

There's some government agencies that are using drones to gather footage of places not usually viewable by naked eye by people at ground level. These agencies' reasoning is that if a person lawfully ...
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Is it legal to use a laser to protect privacy vs. CCTV camera?

Alice has a garden that is not overlooked by any windows, but is next door to a commercial car park that has a CCTV camera on a pole within a plastic hemisphere that does not allow an observer to see ...
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data sharing implications of responding to electoral register data poll

If one is not eligible to vote, is it still required to fill out the whole entire form? If you don't respond, it says you may be fined up to £80. If you pay the fine within a certain amount of time, ...
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Google CCPA Request

In Google's CCPA report, it claims that users can request data deletion via this link. However, the link provides no way to submit a request, and Google claims that there is no Google-wide support ...
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Why does Clearview AI get multimillion dollar fines while Pimeyes is allowed to operate freely?

Yesterday the UK has fined Clearview AI 7.5 million pounds for a string of breaches of local privacy laws. The main reason for the fine is that Clearview has never asked individuals whether it can use ...
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Are javascript keyloggers on websites legal?

I believe that if one delivers a keylogger by say email and use it to extract data entered into text boxes without the users knowledge or consent on a web site then that is illegal. If the same is ...
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Do name, image and likeness (NIL) laws prevent fans from filming NCAA events for extended periods of time?

I've heard this claim from an assistant director of events and operations, but I don't see online how NIL relates to this. For context, an usher at a Stanford tennis match told me I wasn't allowed to ...
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Is it legal to take and publish pictures in publicly accessible residential areas?

I'm thinking of doing something similar to Google Maps Street View, but focused on covering as many roads as possible in one local area, rather than major roads in as wide of an area as possible. Is ...
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What are my rights with regarding privacy at Maccas drive through?

I have been informed that some of Maccas drive throughs are starting to use cameras with number plate recognition software, provided by https://summitinnovations.com/. What are my rights to privacy ...
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Is a recorded telephone conversation admissible evidence if someone is being told the conversation is not being recorded?

Given the situation in which person A is recording a telephone conversation with person B, if person B asks person A if the conversation is being recorded and person A says ‘no’, is the conversation ...
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UK - Privacy Policy requirements for website with no tracking

Essentially I run a website which is a microblog for anyone to use. The user who creates the content does so on one domain which requires login, stores a cookie etc.. The reader (user) of the blog ...
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Personal device subject to forfeit?

I have an employer-issued computer and a google-based email account. I use both the computer and the email account solely for work purposes. I am permitted to bring the computer home with me, ...
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Why are websites like voter's records legal?

How is it possible that https://voterrecords.com/ can operate without any problems? They reveal your personal information without your direct consent. Basically, you can find the address of anyone who ...
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Is it possible to send an additional email to people who didn't confirm their subscription?

We are wondering if we can send another email to people who subscribed to our newsletter but never clicked on the confirmation link sent afterwards. Is it ok GDPR-wise?
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should a website show cookies popup in following context?

I am a part of developers team in a software as service project hosted and HQ-ed in United States. Why I asking my question I personally tasked to improve our analytics and one of tasks is to find an ...
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Is it possible to receive copy of deleted facebook messenger messages under GDPR?

Is it possible to receive copy of deleted private facebook messenger messages under GDPR if two recipients deleted them?
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Blockchain based insurance policy brokerage - requirements and restrictions

I have some questions regarding the concept and legality of a blockchain based peer-to-peer insurance platform. A little background: The basic idea is for people being given the possibility to "...
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Does a company’s T&C or their house rules supersede law and is asking private health status (including the request to wear a mask) an offence?

In January 2022 I used an airline to fly from UK to Spain. As soon as I boarded, I made myself comfortable and ready to sleep as I had no opportunity to do so the night before. I took my mask off as I ...
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Does obscuring personally identifiable and directory information avoid potential FERPA violations?

Say I have a database of students, each with a unique ID, GPA, placement test scores, and some demographic information (nothing personally identifiable). The ID is generated using a one-way ...
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Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework - defined national security objectives

According to this release from the White House they state: the United States is to put in place new safeguards to ensure that signals surveillance activities are necessary and proportionate in the ...
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secretly recording a murder confession

Let's say you had an opportunity to secretly record an acquaintance confessing to a murder decades prior. Can/would it be used by police/courts? Are there certain things about the recording that would ...
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Is it legal to publish email that wasn't sent to you, without the consent of the sender?

Someone took a screen shot of an email I sent, and don't know if it was a person on the distribution list, or someone else. But then another person posted that screen shot, with visible contact ...
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If a minor requested a doctor prescribe her birth control, can she demand the doctor not disclose her request to her parents?

Let's say a 16 year old girl manages to speak to her doctor in private during a regular appointment and requests birth control. She is afraid her parents would respond poorly to knowing she is ...
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Does the Companies Act 2006 trump an individual's right to be forgotten?

I once was a contractor and ran a limited company. At the time all my details and my secretary's were published on the Companies House website. edit: This information includes full names and addresses....
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Is it illegal to enter a website with an account that is not yours?

I worked as a developer in a company and I had some of the employees' passwords. They are saved in my Google account. What are the consequences of using these passwords to enter as another person? ...
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Can I request my comment be deleted from a forum if I made that post when I was 12?

Basically what the title says. I'm very ignorant when it comes to these sorts of laws and rules so please be kind. I made a post on an “audition forum” when I was 12 years old. The post included my ...
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What legislation applies to paid focus groups? Do labour laws?

There is a group on Facebook that connects people with local paid focus groups. Usually there are screening questions that are asked over Facebook messenger. Some examples of such screening questions ...
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How does the personal/household activity exemption not apply to domestic CCTV pointed to the street?

I am surprised to learn that, in the UK, private/domestic CCTV cameras pointed to the public street make the owner GDPR controller — with all the consequences like having to respond to data requests ...
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