Questions tagged [privacy]

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Street Photography with a subject of a person in mind

Context So I take pictures on the street and from searching on the Law SE, it seems that people should not expect any privacy rights, when out in public. My question is a variant of some of the ...
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Personal Info In Commercial Video

If my phone number is put in a commercial video for sale (in a scene involving texting) without my authorization is that illegal? What action can be taken? I work on the set, I've never signed a ...
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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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Can a person block access to a public space? If so, how much public space?

As an example: Can I put a blanket in a public park and prevent anyone from sitting on it? What if it's a really big blanket? Can I decide to just block access to the whole park? Answers relating ...
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Is it legal for Comcast to (apparently) require my SSN to obtain service?

I went to sign up for a new Comcast account online. They asked me for some basic billing info, but also asked for my DOB and SSN, which I'd rather not give to them out of concern about identity theft....
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Did the University of Missouri protesters have a legal right to privacy on their protest site?

There was a recent altercation recently between media representatives and protesters at the University of Missouri. The protesters formed a human barrier around the camp, impeding free access to ...
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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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Facebook does not obey the Google Play's central opt out of the Ad ID

Facebook states in this Terms and services that it respects Google plays advertising id: Yes, the Audience Network SDK for Android uses the Advertising ID and respects its limit tracking option in ...
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Is a Unique Device Identifier personal information?

From Apple's Privacy Policy: Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information We also collect data in a form that does not, on its own, permit direct association with any specific individual....
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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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Do I need to post a notice in beauty salon if surveillance camera is on premises (California)?

My friend's beauty salon and beauty product shop was inspected some time ago and in the inspection report it is noted "Surveillance camera in the shop". Now I am wondering what the inspector might ...
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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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How to protect privacy vis-a-vis sending resume to potential employer?

How can I protect the personal information contained within my C.V., cover letter, letters of recommendation from unauthorized sharing? I have been a victim of identity theft, so I seek to now find ...
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Am I allowed to store data of EU citizens as an Indian company?

We are a company based in India and are frequently being visited by people from overseas. Due to the recent safe harbour developments, are we allowed store data of EU-citizens on a cloud server ...
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What legal action can I take if someone who had access to my personal hard disk copied all my personal pictures into his computer?

A few months ago I had a temporary guest in my residence. During this time he, without my permission, went through my personal hard disk and copied all of my pictures onto his personal computer. (...
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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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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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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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Is it legal to record conversations with police?

If I am stopped by the police for questioning on the street, would I be within my rights to record the conversation on my phone to avoid any looseness with accounts of what was said on either side? ...
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Is it legal to publish email that someone sent to me?

I'm not asking whether it is ethical - that would be a totally different question. I'm asking whether it is legal? In my book - in my way how I interpret consensual reality - once I press SEND ...
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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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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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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 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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What legal protections exist against doxxing in the UK

Doxxing is the unfortunately growing phenomenon of having your personal data posted on public web sites, or even in commercial media (newspapers, TV/radio etc.) What, if any, laws does this break in ...
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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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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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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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Is there any law that Windows 10 “spying” might violate?

Windows 10 terms of service document includes Microsoft privacy statement which contains the following excerpt (as cited on http://bgr.com/2015/07/31/windows-10-upgrade-spying-how-to-opt-out/) ...
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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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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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Windows 10 Eula Privacy Rights

Many are claiming that Windows 10's data collection is much more invasive than previous Microsoft products, even claiming that Windows 10 ships with a keylogger and reports every keystroke back to ...
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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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Why are there so many youtube to mp4 and mp3 download websites online when it is illegal?

If it is illegal to download videos and audios from youtube due to copyright reasons, why are there so many youtube to mp4 and mp3 download websites online? For example http://youtube-mp3.org/, one ...
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In the United States, when can someone legally search my personal laptop? (Government or private security)

Unlike the United Kingdom, U.S. citizens don't have an explicit right to privacy in the Constitution. Although there are implied privacy rights within "penumbras" of the Bill of Rights this has ...
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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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What is considered “public” in the context of taking videos or audio recordings?

According to the answers in this question it's legal to photograph someone in public without their consent. I'm assuming the answers still hold true for video or audio recording (such as what can be ...
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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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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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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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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 ...