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Is requesting waiving the right to deletion of contributions against GDPR?

I just got one of those GDPR mails from gitlab.com, which pointed me to a Web page where I had to accept some terms and conditions. The same as everywhere, except this passage: (For GitLab ...
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Pokémon Go hot spots and private property

As we all know Pokémon Go is all the rage. There have been reports that police stations are common hot spots for gyms and collections. Churches have also been a common hot spot. I think there is ...
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What are the legal repercussions of taking a stranger's picture in public?

With Snapchat and Instagram it is all too easy to abuse picture taking and really inexpensive to snap a photo of an unknowing stranger. If you are in public and will only post pictures online without ...
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Someone has a video of me doing drugs. Is there legal protection against its release?

It's a bit like slander, except there is no false information. I wanted to Google whatever this may be called to see what my options are if this video is ever released. I'm stumped as to what to ...
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If other party notified me that phone conversation is being recorded, do I need to tell them if I am also recording it?

When I call, for example, AT&T or any other company, then before they pick up the phone they sometimes give me a notice that the phone conversation could be recorded for training or other purposes....
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Can a celebrity sue someone who takes obnoxious pictures/videos of him in public and uploads onto internet without his permission?

Suppose a celebrity digs his nose or scratches his private part because of sudden itch or performs some unsightly act in public. Someone takes his picture/video and uploads onto internet without his ...
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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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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 is the legal mechanism by which the GDPR might apply to a business with no presence in the EU?

My family has a small side business selling some things through the internet. As far as I know, we aren't likely to have any customers who are EU citizens, but it's certainly not outside the realm of ...
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Legality of online publishing of public records containing home addresses of large #'s of people?

Suppose that: (1) a person living in Washington state receives a large number of documents from a public records request, each containing names and mailing addresses (for hundreds of thousands of ...
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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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If a company notifies you that calls may be recorded, can you record the call?

Assuming a two-party consent state. If a company notifies you that all calls are (or may be) being recorded, can you then record your conversation with the customer service representative without ...
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Does a boilerplate “This email is private” message have any legal force?

I get quite a few email messages with text like: IMPORTANT WARNING: This email (and any attachments) is only intended for the use of the person or entity to which it is addressed, and may contain ...
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How does 911 legally record calls?

From my understanding, all calls to 911 in the United States are recorded. How does 911 legally record calls in states where consent to record is required? From Reporter's Recording Guide: I know ...
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Facebook vs GDPR - Private Messages I sent to others will never be deleted/erased from Facebook servers

I asked this question to Facebook: I would like to know how can I permanently delete private messages from both sides of the conversation. For example, conversations I had in the past with ...
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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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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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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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GDPR - Withdrawn user consent

I have been reading alot about user consent management according to the GDPR and one problem I can't see solved anywhere is managing withdrawn consent. The user gives his consent to use his data and ...
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Can law enforcement legally force someone to unlock a device themselves in the US?

We're all likely aware of the big Apple vs FBI case where the FBI wants to force Apple to open a back door in its encryption on iPhones, and we'll soon discover what the law will decide on that, but ...
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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 ...
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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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If I’ve no WhatsApp account am I still a node on their social graph? And if so can I request to be deleted?

I have never used WhatsApp so I have never shared my phone’s contacts with them or consented to their terms. Many of my friends and family do use WhatsApp and they will all have me in thier contacts ...
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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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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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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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Expungement of Arrest and Court Records after Death

If someone with a few criminal arrests and deferred sentences passes away, can a friend or family member have these Misdemeanor and Felony arrest records expunged on behalf of the person who passed ...
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GDPR: are faces always considered identifiable information?

Machine learning research into facial recognition and processing (e.g. emotion detection) often makes use of datasets containing large numbers of facial images. These are usually anonymised, so that ...
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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 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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Can I request companies to give me all the data they have on me when I'm visiting a country in the EU?

I'm not a citizen of the EU, nor do I reside in the EU. But as a consumer, I welcome GDPR. It gives me some limited rights even though I'm not in the direct interests of the regulation. Anyway, if I ...
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Is it sufficient to provide a privacy policy only in english language?

Regarding GDPR, is it sufficient for a gaming app available in some commercial app store to provide a privacy policy only in english language? Is a translation necessary for every country of the EU ...
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Is it okay to store user locations?

I know it might sound quite bad. But here I explain the whole situation. I'm developing a mobile application based on visiting different places. And I would store in some database (surely AWS) all ...
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Can a doctor/nurse legally force me to take a drug test?

I am in California, and had an appointment today to establish care with my new doctor. The nurse checking me in noticed my high blood pressure and sores on my face from psoriasis, both conditions ...
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Can Chelsea Manning be sued in civil court by anyone named in the documents that were leaked?

Since Chelsea Manning's name is in the news, the following question seems interesting: Manning leaked a large set of documents Some of them could have clearly had a negative effect on specific ...
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Is it really possible to use Google Analytics without consent, and if so, why exactly?

I'm asking about the GDPR and the European Union. Lots of websites claim that it is possible to use Google Analytics without asking for the user's consent. Even some answers here suggest that it is ...
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Are GDPR-Walls legal?

Quite a few websites started showing european visitors "You cannot use this site because of GDPR", probably based on GeoIP information. I see two possible legal problems: GDPR forbids coupling of ...
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If I do not password protect my phone, do I forfeit reasonable expectation of privacy?

Let's say I am arrested and I have a smartphone in my possession. A police officer cannot, without a warrant, seize my phone, unlock it and go through my pictures, messages, etc. The US Supreme Court ...
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Is it illegal to intentionally design a social network that can't comply with right-to-be-forgotten (and possibly other laws)?

If I intentionally design (and program) a social network that uses a technology (blockchain,...) which does not allow for alteration / erasing of user data, what happens in case of a right-to-be-...
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Can doctor's offices withhold test results for some length of time?

Massachusetts/USA here. I had a EMG a few days ago and scheduled a followup with my doctor for later in the month (about 3 weeks from now). I am very anxious to hear the results. I just called and ...
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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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Can I have my personal information redacted from evidence in a case that doesn't directly involve me?

There is a case in the United States that has made its way through a city's municipal court, the district court, and is now going to be in the state's supreme court (Pennsylvania). I live in a ...
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Are chat logs against the new european GDPR?

Is keeping logs of chats (e.g. IRC, in this specific case Twitch chat) against the new European General Data Protection Regulation? I know you can't save data which can be linked to a natural person ...
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In Apple's Case, Under the All Writs Act - What does “Judicial Tools” Available Mean?

Question: Under the All Writs Act, 28 U.S. Code § 1651 - Writs, it appears that it can only be invoked IF AND ONLY IF there are no other "Judicial Tools Available" -- What does this mean? In Apple's ...
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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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What legal reason is there to publicize Michael Cohen's client list?

As a lay person I'm a little shocked at the proceedings with the Michael Cohen raid, as it clearly has some issues with attorney client privilege. While it may have bearing on the court case, and I'...
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When a PI is conducting surveillance, why is audio enhancement considered wiretapping

Most Texas PIs seem to consider the use of audio enhancement technology to be wiretapping. But they do not seem to consider video or photography enhancement technology to be the same. A Texas PI will ...
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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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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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Getting New York based company to delete my personal information

I registered with Topresume.com and uploaded a copy of my resume. I found their service to be poor and according to the Privacy Policy they may sell information to third parties. Is there any laws in ...