Questions tagged [privacy]

For questions about freedom from unsolicited observation, or the collection, use and distribution of private information.

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Requiring salary information and medical history before job interview

Rakuten Japan is asking all candidates to fill out the following forms before their first interview, including, for instance, itemized salary information from your current or previous position (...
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Is there a cause of action if a contest sponsor leaked my personal information?

I entered into a free contest in Canada but I did not win. But when I searched for my own email address, I found a public Google docs that contains the address, date of birth, email, name, and phone ...
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Sending mail to an inmate (USA)

I would like to send a letter to a childhood friend who has ended up in prison. He is turning 30 in a few days. His sentence is 18 years and he's served about 3, I think. I have discussed this with ...
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(Cryptography) - Sending Encrypted Messages Online

Is it legal to send encrypted messages (specifically using RSA key-pairs and AES 256) online in Canada and the USA? Also, can law enforcement request it to be decrypted without probable cause? PS. ...
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My nickname violate the Google+ Names Policy, how about my privacy?

I would like to use my nickname instead of full name when commenting on random posts within Google network. However when I wanted to enforce that (by changing my Full Name into nickname), I found out ...
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How do I convince google to take down this page which contains people's leaked e-mails and passwords?

Out of curiousity, I googled my own e-mail to see what kind of results would show up. To my surprise, I found a website (blogger) that contained people's e-mails and leaked passwords for a service. ...
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When can doctors share information without a patient's explicit consent?

I'm curious about patient confidentiality, in non-emergency situations. When and who can a doctor disclose medical information about a patient to, and when do they need consent? At the university I ...
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Rules for Pseudonoyms?

What are the rules for pseudonyms, especially when used online? May I use a Ph.D. in my alias even if I don't have one? May I use a royal title in my pseudonym? Could I be sued for it and what would ...
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Are public university classrooms considered public space?

This question pertains to the USA. In all public universities I'm aware of, anyone can get on campus, sit in on virtually any lecture, and enter the school's library. Does this mean that public ...
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Outlook.com crawls links in my emails

I've recently discovered that when opening an email with a link in Outlook.com the link is being crawled by Microsoft. It seems to me that this is a severe breach of privacy – such links can ...
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Would it be legal to record only yourself on a phone call without the other party giving consent in California?

Let's say you're in California talking on the phone. Would it be legal to record just your part of the conversation without having approval from the other party? For example, could you set up a ...
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What can a network service disclose to law enforcement if they claim they don't keep any logs?

After reading this question I was wondering about the legal applications of the terms-of-service of Privateinternetaccess.com (PIA): a VPN provider. What's a VPN provider? If you have one, all your ...
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Which US laws would webcam spying break?

In the United States, which laws would spying on someone using their computer's webcam, without their permission and in private areas, break?
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Spousal rights to credit information

Let's say a husband and a wife co-sign a mortgage or a line of credit or some type of banking product. Based on this "co-signing", is the bank officer permitted to share one spouse's credit report ...
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Is it illegal to create a mobile app which tracks a user for some purpose?

Can a mobile app track a user using GPS/location services running in the background, and do something when a user is found in a particular location? Assuming that the app clearly tells the user that ...
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Is it legal to post a photograph that I captured of a stranger in the street?

I captured a photograph in the street. The photograph includes people who I don't know. There is nothing in the photograph that I believe can offend anybody (e.g. no nude or illegal act). I just ...
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Right to privacy at place of work

In the United States, is one's workplace generally considered to be a place where an employee can assume a relative level of privacy from hidden surveillance? For example, suppose that I had a ...
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Is personal information of arrestees published publicly?

Is personal information (e.g., names, address, phone number, past residences, etc.) of arrestees published publicly? Are arrest records public at all? If so, how would they be found?
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Legality of street webcams?

Let's say your house window is right in front of a famous monument, and you want to enable people to see it at any time of the day and night with a webcam. Obviously when you place the webcam towards ...
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Interpretation of content ownership/usage in service provider agreement

I'm interested in using Firebase. Their terms of service states in section 3.2 that: You hereby grant Company an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license, with rights to ...
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Who owns a recorded Skype conversation?

If someone records my Skype conversation, is that video his property or mine? Is there a law against him making that video public or even recording it to begin with? Country- India.
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EU spam legislation Spain, which action can be taken and to whom?

Me and hundreds of other people are receiving a unsolicited emails from a major Spanish based airline. They seem to not have an unsubscription feature and when contacted they refuse to delete emails ...
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Can a suspected thief see who called the police?

I recently lost my cell phone and then saw a Craigslist posting of a cell phone that looked similar to my cell phone with the exact same model and storage capacity and color, but its screen was ...
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Can employee be restricted using his or her BYOA or BYOL by employer?

Can employee be restricted to use his or her BYOA(Bring Your Own Application) or BYOL(Bring Your Own License) by employer? I recently buy 1 per seat license of diff application from scootersoftware. ...
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Is it illegal to reverse engineer an unsecured API

Is it legal to reverse engineer an unsecured API? Simple REST API used in Android app No SSL (just straight HTTP) Passwords are sent in plain text over this HTTP API I ran the Android app and ...
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Does my school have a right to get involved over something relating to them, but done in isolation of them?

Okey, this is going to be quite a specific question about something that has come up. I am a school student, and I sent various emails to the developers of the school management software that my ...
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What remedies are in place for disclosure of financial information?

If a bank staff member has access to my financial information, and has then disclosed some of this information (for example, my account balance) on social media, what remedies are available to me? ...
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How do laws affect photography of non-humans in public when people may be in the frame?

Given that this is taking place in a public area where one would not have an expectation of privacy, what legal restrictions exist on photography of people where they are not the subject of the ...
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Business sending personal info to a random email address

Is there a recourse against a business sending personal information of a customer to a wrong email address? For example, if I provide a correct email address to the business through an online form, ...
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Doctor sending private information over whatsup for consultation

If a doctor sends screen grabs, taken by his smartphone, of different patients' confidential health files to other doctors for quick consultation, does that potentially violate any law? Could that be ...
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In England and Wales, how can a plaintiff remain private and confidential?

Suppose that a plaintiff wants to bring a lawsuit but keep his/her identity confidential, in either a criminal or a civil case. The plaintiff refuses to tell either the general public or the media ...
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Can US courts be made to define whether a given search is reasonable (i.e. constitutional)?

In 2014, regarding the forced disclosure of the encryption keys of his email service provider company Lavabit, Ladar Levison wrote: The largest technological question we raised in our appeal (which ...
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Do people generally have the right not to be photographed on private property?

Assume that I and other people are patrons on private property, and that the owner/occupier of the property does not object to my activities. If I wish to take photographs of something on the ...