Questions tagged [privacy]

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

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Legalities of making a documentary/biography about a person's life

I just read an article about how Mike Tyson is calling for a boycott of Hulu over a documentary they are making about his life. He says the documentary is 'unauthorized' and that an 'authorized' life ...
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Does an employer have the right to ask an employee about personal health matters (HIPAA) and COBRA decision in public?

Hypothetical Scenario (in the US): Susan's employer, MoneySavers, offers COBRA to employees who separate from the company. Susan has given her two weeks' notice (she has quit her job) and will soon ...
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How to identify whether our organization is subjected to the juridication of federal trade commission (FTC)

our organization is registered in the United States. By registering the company in the US means, are we under the jurisdiction of the FTC? or is it something else? because we are planning to get the ...
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Data retention for EU citizens travelling between UK and EU during Brexit transition/implementation period

Context: I'm an EU citizen studying in the UK. When I travel to my home country in the EU (for example through a direct flight or by train), and then return to the UK, some of my personal information ...
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UK: What information are the police legally required to collect when going door-to-door, and why?

A few days ago, a police officer knocked on my door in the evening and asked whether I had noticed any disturbances in my street earlier in the day - he said it was in relation to reports that they'd ...
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Blackmailing from Germany [closed]

I don’t know from where I should start but I am from Arabic Sudan and my Ex BF who lives in Germany is blackmailing me with private photos and videos he threat that he with post all over and send it ...
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How do I find out if my Internet Service Provider (ISP) was subpoenaed or released information secondary to a subpoena?

What is the best way to find out if a subpoena was served to my ISP ? Next, is there a way to find out who requested the subpoena and what information was released (if any)?
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Would it be illegal to withdraw a disclaimer that no “National Security Letters” requests have been made *today*?

According to EFF: By using NSLs, the FBI can directly order companies to turn over information about their customers and then gag the companies from telling anyone that they did so. Because the ...
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Can I say that I am utilizing same terms & conditions and privacy policy of this (xyz) website?

I am running a service A that uses some other service B. The company L also provides and uses the service B for themself as well for service K. Can I say on my service website A that my service ...
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Was the EncroChat Hack Legal? If not, is there a legal mechanism which could allow the evidence to be used?

Disclaimer: I am aware there are a lot nuances within law, particularly within each country, as such this question only concerns the wider EU law and UK law as these are the courts I am interested in ...
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Is facebook in violation of CCPA if they don't delete all messenger messages when you delete your account?

It seems like Facebook won't delete your messages from the recipient's inbox when you delete your account. People send a lot of personal information in messages including their address, phone number, ...
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Does the United States' Fourth Amendment cover privacy violations by private corporations?

For the sake of contrast, consider the wording of the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the ...
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How are corporations imprisoned?

If a corporation is criminally charged while handling privacy data wrongly (assume such a law exists if it does not) in India who is liable? Is it the chairman, deparment of privacy, employees ...
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Twitter has no “delete account” button - no mention of data deletion after 30 days of account deactivation - GDPR and European law enforcement

I want to delete my Twitter account. I believe Article 17(1)(a) of GDPR compels Twitter to give me the option to do that. But Twitter has no "delete account" button. There is only a "...
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Resume Writer asks: Who owns the copyright - me or my client?

I'm a professional resume writer (among other things). Clients regularly pay me to completely overhaul their resumes. Over the years I've amassed a large collection of well-written resumes. I would ...
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Public WiFi - when do you have to delete stored user data?

Note: I originally thought of this for germany, but if you have examples from other countries those are also welcome, since im interested in the topic in general. So lets say im using a public WiFi, ...
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Is it legal to advertise a service as 'free' if they collect data?

I noticed that a lot of companies label themselves as 'free' even though they collect personal data (which in today's day and age is practically a currency in and of itself). I was wondering how/if it'...
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Should the client be informed every time when more personal data is requested under GDPR Article 13?

A SaaS company offers some services, which require registration. Its clients are notified about Terms of Service and Privacy Policy during the registration process. Should the company send to the ...
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Does a state Department of Revenue typically have access to your property / home?

Here's an interesting one, the Department of Revenue (Montana) shows up on your property. They seem nice, and they want to measure your house / walk around in it etc. It's still under construction. ...
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GDPR: What data am I allowed to keep after a user requests deletion?

I struggle to find an insightful article on what, specifically, I have to delete and what I don't have to delete when a user requests deletion of their data. Some things are obvious to me: personal ...
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Twitter and account deactivation - Do you have to explicitly ask for account to be deleted if company nowhere says that it will do so? [duplicate]

I am trying to delete my Twitter account. Twitter only has a "deactivate" account button, and no "delete" account button, as I posted here. It looks like in the guides posted by ...
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How can I request an ISP to disclose their customer's identity?

As far as I know, breaking the law online in Germany (such as sharing copyrighted content) often results in a fine from a private law firm which gets your personal data from your provider by sending ...
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Is it illegal for my school to install spyware onto my own laptop?

My school installed something called 'Securus XT' onto my laptop. I knew it was meant to be a safeguarding thing but I didn't know they would be able to see every single thing I do on my own laptop (...
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What are the privacy implications of using a prescription discount from the manufacturer?

Healthcare providers and pharmacies will sometimes offer a manufacturer card or coupon to provide a discounted price for a prescription product. My understanding is that pharmacies are bound by HIPPA ...
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Is a cookie notice required for analytics?

Note: I've been directed here from Meta.SE I'm using GoSquared for my website analytics. I've visited quite a few sites using Google Analytics but they don't have a cookie policy or a cookie banner/...
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If I accidentally agree for new WhatsApp's terms and conditions, How to revert that?

WhatsApp team updates their policy and it will be from Feb 8. I accidentally agreed with the policy. Later I realized the policy is not good. How can I revert my agreement with the WhatsApp team? We ...
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Advertising in mobile apps and proof of consent

What does CCPA require for proof of consent to display advertising in mobile applications (vs a web site), especially for apps that do not create a user profile? Hypothetically, would it be sufficient ...
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Privacy Policy question

Can I use the pen name as the full name of the legal entity on the privacy policy of my new author website (I'm using my christian name and mother's maiden name as my pen name). I'm UK based. Thanks
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Are websites mandated to retain I.P. addresses fr five years or not under this regulation or id is a mis interpretation?

If one searches about "Indonesia data retention law 5 years" one will find that there seems t be a regulation in Indonesia that states that one must retain ll collected data fr five years ...
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United States HIPAA and New Zealand HISO from outside these countries

We are developing a software product for storing and managing health records in Australia, with the software product primarily targeted towards Australian healthcare organisations. This requires us to ...
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Do default Apache logs violate the GDPR?

Joe is a completely novice Web developer who sets up an Apache server on its defaults, which include collection of log files which basically say "this specific file was requested by this specific IP ...
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Question about privacy and posting social media comments

Lies upon lies were written by an Instagrammer with an extremely big ego, claiming to have held 2 PhDs by the age of 19 and subsequently 4 by the age of 31. Also, touting an IQ of 170+ and deeming ...
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Hypothetical question about Whistleblower Protection

Let's say a US non-government employment comes in contact with very sensitive unprotected information on the web. The information was gathered using opsint (Open Source Intelligence) there was no ...
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Is it legal to record a phone conversation if you pretend to be someone else?

In a recently published video, Alexey Navalny calls one of the FSB's operatives who participated in Navalny's poisoning, and, pretending to be his colleague, manages to record some evidence about the ...
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Is it legal for a parent in Florida to remove their minor child's doors and install a surveillance camera looking into the bathroom and bedroom?

Is it legal for a parent to take off a 15 year old's bathroom and bedroom doors and place a camera that looks into the bathroom and bedroom?
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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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Why are photos of people in public blurred?

If one has no reasonable expectation of privacy while out in public, why are faces so often blurred out in photos and video? For example, on Google Earth.
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Is it legal to view a site's directories/files/bare index that contain sensitive information?

I've been getting into cyber security and learned there are certain sites that have their directory browsing enabled, like a URL that contains the files/folders of a site that contain content, which ...
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According to GDPR, does privacy decision made on website legally affect mobile app settings also?

We're implementing the EU's GDPR regulations on a certain project and I'm wondering about the following: Company A develops an App, which also has a website version available to customers. The website ...
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My bank sold a local branch to another bank, including my accounts, without my permission. Is that legal?

My bank sold a local branch to another bank (in the state of Wisconsin, United States of America), including my accounts, without my permission. My first knowledge of it was that my debit card was ...
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Lease Addendum (California) waiving privacy rights to “recordings” - what kind of recordings are implied?

My apartment lease contract in California (Bay Area) has an addendum about waiving the rights to "recordings" taken or made of me. The addendum is formulated in highly legal jargon and its ...
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Is it legal if I collect and sell public data from Twitter?

Let's assume that, technically i am able to collect the public information from Twitter (including user's profile and their tweets) from Twitter. I am wondering, is it legal to sell this data? How ...
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Does a private citizen in the US have the right to make a “Contact the Police” poster?

Imagine the following hypothetical situation. Assume the location is in the United States. Mary had a credit card stolen by a suspect. The suspect used the credit card at a store. The manager of the ...
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IP address as privacy-data in European Union (EU) for specific social identities

In the European Union (EU) there is a clash between direct and indirect personal data. Internet Service Providers (ISP) can use the IP address to identify personal data. The provider of the ...
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What is the definition of computer virus by law?The definition seems to be broad

According to the Indian IT Act we cannot place computer virus(which includes cookies) without user permission but does that mean we need to take permission even for placing nessecary cookies? ...
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Is it legal to record your parents at home?

Is it legal for a minor to make an audio recording of his parents engaging in abuse? If so, is it also legal once that child is an adult for him to publicize those recordings? Interested in U.S. law, ...
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Posting disgusting but true facts about a private person constitutes what crime?

Person A's life is a soap opera. He got tricked in to paying child support for someone else's children by a woman who married, then ditched him. He was then kicked out of his condo by his adopted ...
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Is it legal to post an email to social media if the email also contains a photo of the sender and other personal identifiable information?

I've seen a few similar questions asked before, however would posting a screenshot of an email onto social media be legal under the following circumstances: The poster on social media is the ...
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Is there some kind of universal Terms of Service and Privacy policy to disclaim any kind of liability while testing startup ideas? [closed]

I've seen this kind of disclamer a lot: THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, ...
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Do non-criminal investigations require consent of the subjects? [closed]

Besides criminal investigation, there are other kinds of investigation: journalism investigation, insurance investigation, social worker investigation, etc. Due to the nature of investigation, ...

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