Questions tagged [privacy]

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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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Can a company be sued for storing plain-text passwords?

Even if most of the developers nowadays understand the necessity of encryption, a consequent amount of websites still store the user's password as plain-text. It can be easy to spot : just asking for ...
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Surveillance camera is pointed at the street

My neighbours have complained to me that the surveillance camera installed at the front of my house is also capturing areas outside my land title as defined in the registry. I haven't checked that but ...
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Is it legal to deny service if I do not provide address?

In the UK almost every business will ask for your postcode and house number. For instance, two of the larger real-estate agencies in London refused to register me in their systems unless full and ...
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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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It is legal to save and index a copy of any leaked database?

I'm wondering if it is legal to use a copy of a leaked database like the leaked Adobe database containing email addresses, encrypted passwords and password hints. I can imagine it won't be legal to ...
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Can I publish correspondence with a member of parliament?

If I were to publish an email conversation that I have with a private individual then in many countries that could be found to be an invasion of privacy (it is a conversation that the other could ...
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Does travelling through the US border with encrypted files break the law?

If I have encrypted files and I'm going to US, do I break any encryption import laws? Likewise, if I go out of US with those files, do I break any encryption export laws?
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would it be legal for a company to rate clients, and customers exprience share the info with other companies

I'm considering in regards to freedom of expression, is it permitted for a company to reveal a persons dept for a service provider, is it contrary to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), I ...
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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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Which laws apply on the world wide web?

This might be a very widely scoped question. I suspect by using common sense, that each country has different laws that might apply on internet use in that specific country. But nevertheless, I'm ...
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How can I get my DNA tested without the results being kept by third-party?

Mainly I'm interested in getting to know my ancestry, but I don't mind doing a lot of research on my own to classify it if I get raw results. The thing that I do not want is my DNA being stored ...
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Can my apartment neighbor install a camera that looks at my door?

I recently noticed that my neighbor installed a camera that looks from inside of his apartment straight on my door. This could be interpreted like that camera is pointed at whomever is potentially ...
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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 ...
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Work Policy States Employer May Access Personal Devices

My employer just sent out an email stating managers have the right to inspect electronic personal devices used for work. This includes web access to Office 365 via web browser or app installed on a ...
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Do I still have to include data owner in privacy policy if I do not collect any data?

I have an iPhone app and need to write a privacy policy for it (Apple requires it for this type of apps). I know that privacy policy should include data owner's contact information (name, address), ...
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Can the details of Estate-ownership be Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege?

Title says it all. I am curious about whether properties (physical as well as "virtual estates" i.e. domain-names) in the name of one's lawyer would be a viable alternative to "proxy services" who, ...
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NJ has a 1-party consent, and MA a 2-party consent, for recording conversations. What if MA calls NJ?

I recorded a polling call and forgot to ask the person if it was OK to do so. Massachusetts, where the company is located, has a two party consent law for recording. http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/...
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Are there any resources for creating terms and conditions for websites?

I am currently on the process of making a forum based website that will contain users emails, passwords and possibly names. When The users signs up they will need to accept the terms and conditions ...
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Financial privacy (U.S.) when using paid tax preparer or tax prep software

When using a paid tax preparer or tax preparation software in the United States, can the preparer or software vendor use any of your financial information for any purpose other than simple creating ...
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Are passenger services legally obligated to provide the names of passengers?

By "passenger services" I mean planes, cruise ships, trains, etc. – any company that transports paying passengers. I ask because a few years ago a friend of mine had a sister who became very ill ...
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Is it legal to copy a website's terms of use?

I was wondering if it's legal to copy a website's "Terms of Use" policy, and then use it on your own website?
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Do police need a warrant to analyze wireless network traffic without the network owner's consent?

Today's wireless network technology allows persons with a compatible wireless card to capture packets of data destined for another computer, due to the fact that radio waves are the media through ...
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Is asking someone to take photos of houses illegal without permission?

For private purposes, would it be illegal if someone asked/paid a person to take photos of the outside of houses and send them to the person from which the photos are never publicly advertised or used ...
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FL, USA - Recording/Voyeurism Laws In Harassment Situation

A good friend is being harassed by his neighbor, and is at the end of his wits trying to get some recourse. Essentially the neighbor is belligerent: comes out when family members are home specifically ...
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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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Can someone use DNA samples that were scattered by their owners for commercial purposes?

Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has collected DNA samples from cigarette butts and chewing-gums found on the floor to create realistic portraits of their former owners. I find this project fascinating, ...
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Is it legal for police to travel with a film crew and publicize arrest footage without consent?

Am I right to assume that police bodycam footage is only allowed to be released as part of a court order / as evidence? If this were true, than wouldn't a news crew accompanying the police officer ...
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Using a celebrities likeness in a small game - what are the legal issues surrounding this?

A friend and I are currently brainstorming ideas for a little game project we have in a few weeks and one of the ideas involves using two currently alive celebrities as the protagonists. The game ...
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How available is SC voter information to political parties?

I moved to South Carolina about three years ago, and voted in the 2014 midterm election. I don't remember exactly who I voted for, but between the big-ticket races and the local ones I'm certain I ...
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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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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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(UK) Data Protection Act - Deleting offline data

I have a question regarding the Data Protection Act and the deletion of users private information. If a website was running a weekly backup of users private data (name, date of birth, address etc.) ...
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Can the police gather fingerprints and/or DNA for “exclusionary” purposes without a warrant or arrest?

Occasionally on police procedurals some well-meaning or otherwise bystander disturbs the absolute sanctity of a crime scene before Our Heroes™ can perform a CSI montage. They might be accosted ...
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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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Internet Retailer Sharing Customer Information on Review Site

Recently, I had a poor experience with an online retailer. After the retailed failed to resolve the issue, I filed a BBB complaint. The retailer then notified me that they had posted my "customer ...
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Should I take permission from the game owner to provide a guide of the game

I am planning to publish a guide to play a game which is available for mobile platform like, iPhone, android...etc. It is a very popular game, like many millions play this game. To publish the game ...
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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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Is email legally same as telegraph?

I'm a software developer interested in knowing the legal aspects of Internet and technology. I came across the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 which says "telegraph" means any appliance, instrument, ...
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Is consent required by law to take a picture or to record audio / video of a conference talk?

Is consent required by law to take a picture or to record audio / video of a conference talk? Assume that the conference does not explicitly prohibit unauthorized audio and visual recordings of the ...
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Do US companies have an obligation to protect of personal information?

Under the European law, companies have an obligation to protect personal data. Do US companies have the same obligations?
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Is Peeple Legal?

This question has to do with the legality of "Peeple", which was described as "Yelp for People". The basic idea is that someone makes a profile for a person, listing their name, age, city, or ...
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Does encrypting Internet traffic (possibly) create a reasonable expectation of privacy?

The fourth amendment to the US constitution protects people from seizures and searches in certain situations for reasons of privacy. In Katz v United States, the US Supreme Court has defined a two-...
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Are pictures saved from snapchat illegal?

Is it illegal to save a picture from a snap/story of someone on the snapchat app? I just want to save a picture and keep it for myself, I'm not going to share it or put it on internet. Can the victim ...
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Is writing a real-life story about a person is illegal in USA?

I watched many American movies in which they tell about a person who writes a personal real life story of his best friend without his acknowledgement. And the movies said that person is wrong and in ...
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Do I Need a Privacy Policy if I only request a username and password

I have a website that you need an account to access. The signup process is very simple and all you need is a username and password. There is nothing stopping the user from entering a username having ...
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What is the “chain of authority” that allows the IRS code to force disclosure of a SSN when obtaining a passport?

The bottom of page 38 of H.R. 22, says: Present Law The administration of passports is the responsibility of the Department of State.19 The Secretary of State may refuse to issue or renew a ...
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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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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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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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