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Questions tagged [privacy]

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

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Does a person have legal recourse if a drone is trespassing

I have a 10 foot privacy fence around my property. There are no trespassing signs on all four sides. One of the neighbors keeps flying a drone over my yard like they are casing the place. Do I have ...
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Catherine Middleton topless pictures ruling - why €100k in damages?

As currently reported in the press, Catherine Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge) sued the French magazine Closer for publishing topless photos of her sun-bathing, and she and her husband were ...
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Is obtaining Mac addresses from customers legal?

Can a retailer or restaurant in the United States legally collect user's data (user's profile or frequency, etc.) through obtaining their Mac address?
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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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Does “vicarious consent” exception to ECPA apply in the 9th circuit?

In the US, ECPA/Wiretapping law prohibits interception/recording of phone conversations; an exception is when one party consents to the interception. In some circuit and state jurisdictions a parent ...
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Ask people for WhatsApp address book consent; what to do when declined?

I have first posted this question on Super User. Since I tagged it with Android (as I use WhatsApp on Android) it got migrated to Android Enthusiasts. There one decided that it was not on-topic for ...
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What are the types of authority required for the release of medical records?

I am filling out medical records release in the United States. I noticed that the signature requires the patient's signature or a person authorized to sign. It also states that if not the patient, ...
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Dual Consent Laws of California Relating To Residents Of Other State's

CA Penal Code 632 sets forth that all parties must be notified that a conversation is to be recorded. I have a person whom I'd like to assist in a proceeding, possibly, given the situation is ...
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How much privacy about my health am I giving up if I participate in my employer's wellness screening program?

My employer is having a "Wellness Screening Fair" where you can receive free testing for things like cholesterol and insulin, and I imagine advice about how to interpret the results. Sounds good.. But ...
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Is Google's privacy policy compliant with GDPR for the data processing agreement between a controller and a processor?

If for your job you use any Google services, chances are you are sending them a lot of personal data of your clients in emails, documents, etc. So technically you are the controller, and Google ...
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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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Is it legal to use a surveillance system in the private area of a rented home?

I am renting a room in a shared house. On a couple occasions I caught the landlord entering my room without giving any notice. He had feasible excuses, like repairing the dresser in my room, but he ...
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Can the IEEE legally take a picture of an author anywhere, at any time, and use it in an ad?

I read in some IEEE copyright and consent form for a conference the following section: In connection with the permission granted in Section 1, the author hereby grants IEEE the unlimited, worldwide,...
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If one person on a phone said they would record the call, do I need to tell them that I record the call if I decide to do so?

In the United States, some states require consent to record if one party decides to record the phone call. A person I'm talking to told me they would record the call, do I need to tell them that I ...
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Website using Phonenumber, frequently getting phone calls from strangers

A website is using the mobile/cellphone number of a relative in their contacts. He's getting phone calls from strangers multiple times a week, sometimes even multiple times a day. He's not to familiar ...
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Is recording of other people in a work context without permission legal in Romania?

I am shortly going to Romania to perform an IT Audit. As an auditor, we often have to deal with people who become hostile towards us. For my own protection, in the United Kingdom I always video ...
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EU data locality

Quite a few EU based customers are requesting data locality information in preparation for GDPR which becomes effective on May 25, 2018. However as far as I can tell GDPR contains no requirements for ...
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Drug-testing on background

What sort of circumstances would allow a company or lab to put a positive pre-employment drug test on your background or send it to a consumer report agency? I'm curious about the consequences of ...
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Which information is it illegal to keep when a user wants to delete his/her account?

I am creating a company that offers a certain service to private individuals and professionals. I know that if someone wants to delete his/her account, we have the obligation to grant the user this ...
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My teacher is requesting private family life details, is this legal?

I live in England. My teacher is requesting private family information as homework. We're studying the play Romeo and Juliet, and she wants us to ask our parents about their dating experiences. I don'...
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Media consent form for summer camp

We have a media consent form that parents have signed for the campers at our summer camp. The wording is as follows: The Participant identified below desires to participate in the [insert summer ...
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Can I sue a company in US even if I'm in Brazil?

I currently live in Brazil and bought a Lifetime VPN service from a company called Spyproof VPN in 13 Oct 2015 which supposedly does not keep logs. After investigating some more, I found out that the ...
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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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EU Cookie Law: Consent required in addition to accepted privacy policy

According to iubenda [1], a cookie consent is required in mobile apps too, though I did not see many apps following this advice yet. The realization of such a cookie consent on web sites is typically ...
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Is geocoding an IP address but not storing it considered processing under GDPR?

As a data controller who intends to be GDPR compliant, if someone visits my website a request is made to my server with their IP address. If I geocode the IP address to get the visitor's country and ...
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HIPAA and Shared Medical Records

Is it against HIPAA regulations to not include records received from other clinics when a patient asks for a copy of their medical records to be sent to a new clinic? In other words, is it ok to only ...
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Do I need to ask my app users for permission to gather anonymous telemetry data?

I want to gather basic telemetry in my app (ex: which buttons are pressed, how long someone stays on certain pages, etc). Do I need to ask for a users permission to do this, or give them a way to opt ...
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User privacy policy when visiting page on Amazon S3

I have a static webpage that advertises my mobile app for the App Store. The page is stored on an Amazons S3 bucket. It has no ads and doesn't use cookies. Do I still need a privacy policy, because I ...
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In Victoria Australia can you stand out the front of somebody's house and record what is happening inside?

Generally, in Victoria Australia, anything that occurs in public is open to being recorded by anyone (To my knowledge). However, if you take a video camera or camera phone and aim it through the ...
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Do we need to show ID when we return items to the shop?

I was asked to show my ID when returning the item which I bought from their online shop. I brought it in to one of their shop in London to have my refund, however, they told me the card I used for the ...
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Legal Status of Selective Service Records Regarding Conscientious Objection

What is the legal status of conscientious objector forms in the US draft? Specifically, are records regarding specific individuals' conscientious objector applications subject to FOIA, and are they ...
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Is it legal to track a scammer's IP address?

One of my contacts has messaged me asking for help about a scam. He was saying that one same person keeps harassing him with scam messages threatening to put some videos of him online if he doesn't ...
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Does Deep Packet Inspection violate privacy laws?

Most, if not all ISPs do some form of Deep Packet Inspection under the guise of maintaining QOS, security mitigation, legal compliance, and/or national security. Some have even gone as far as offering ...
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In the United States, what constitutes illegal “doxing”?

"Doxing" is a neologism, describing the act of publishing identifying information (or 'docs'), typically personal identifying information, on the internet. It's usually done with the intent to bring ...
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Data Protection - Data removal request

A UK-based recruitment website focusing specifically on the technology industry has somehow obtained a copy of LinkedIn's public profile database and are hosting it on their own website as if it were ...
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What US laws exist around storing/processing personal data of US citizens outside of US?

If a company is located in the European Union and stores all personal data in EU servers (to comply with EU regulations), will it comply with US regulations (including state laws)? Here are few ...
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Sending 1 email as invite to generated emails

I did some research regarding this question but all I could find was that email has to contain From, Subject forms, etc and unsubscribe links/button. But how about if I want to send an invitation to ...
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What information must be removed from judicial decisions in France when made public?

According to (1), anyone in France may ask for a copy of a judicial decision. If one decides to make it available publicly, e.g. on a website, the National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) ...
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Does loss of personal information imply monetary damages sufficient to establish an injury in fact

I was doing a research project on data breaches and Art III standing for a while but I sort of ramped down the intensity in May, and wanted to catch up a bit. Does anyone know if the theory of ...
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Are there any laws governing US employers retaining images of SSN card?

I know that a company in the US can ask for your SSN, and you may refuse just as they will refuse to employ you. On the W-2 section of the SSA site, it states that IRS Pub 15 says: “You should ask ...
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Does a conscientious objector have the same rights as someone with religious exemption?

There are several laws that allow the omission of an SSN to employers and non-governmental agencies. The general context of those laws is a religious basis. As America becomes more secular, I wonder ...
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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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To achieve ECTS credits at my school a student is forced to drop his/her right of privacy

Some background about the situation: I attend a vocational university (university of applied sciences) I live in the Netherlands - Europe We have a mandatory activity that provides us with ECTS ...
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How the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) impacts a non-Californian business?

January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect. The CCPA applies to any business anywhere in the U.S. or the world that does business in the state of California. Could ...
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Can I legally live stream or publish a Stratego game video without permission?

I play imperfect information games, such as Stratego. Live streaming and publishing on YouTube / Twitch is a thing nowadays. On gaming sites, people use avatars that do not directly identify their ...
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Does an admin have the right to read private messages in social media and apply TOS?

In online communities (like forums, social networks, platforms like Stack Exchange, etc.), can a user be banned because of something they have written in a private message? If so, when does the ...
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Changes to the privacy policy that require the user's consent: GDPR compliance

Suppose you have an online service, with a privacy policy that the users have accepted. Then at some point you want to introduce some changes to that privacy policy, in a way that requires the user's ...
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Does the right to privacy extend to property purchases?

Currently, in USA, if you purchase property (land/house), the municipality makes that transaction public (and internet scraping company make it Googleable). Does the right to privacy extend to that ...
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Taking action against telemarketing calls in the USA

I live in the USA and I assume my phone number can be found online (probably because I didn't pay an extra fee when registering domain names to have my info concealed). Often, I will get a call ...
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Is video content including an unnamed patient's face HIPAA compliant?

In a conference setting, practicing doctors may show video of their patients receiving treatment or undergoing an evaluation. The videos often include the patient's face, but are never named. These ...