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Is it legal to ask someone their birthday in an interview?

I'm applying for a job where they want a lot of personal details from me. The HR rep specifically asked me for my birth date. I heard this is illegal, is it true? If relevant, the question was asked ...
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Can a student send a personal email on school campus without scrutiny by administration?

Is the following scenario legal Let's say that there is a student A, who sends student B in a personal email but on school campus and on school wifi. Student A's email includes derogatory description ...
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Can I build an iPhone app that generates cryptocurrency income without the user's consent or knowledge?

I had an idea of an iPhone app but I'm not sure if the methods are entirely legal. For that reason I thought I would come here to ask. Where I live, in Canada, it can get pretty cold. Hence, I had the ...
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Is it legal to make an audio recording in a United Kingdom workplace with one party consent [duplicate]

My office it's very loud. I complained to my line manager and as a proof I have recorded a few seconds of this noisy environment. At the time of recording there were other colleagues in the room. My ...
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Is it illegal for a search engine to not provide an option to opt out of saving search history?

Currently Bing search has no option unlike Google search to opt out of saving history. Although Bing search can be set to not save history, it still saves the history of the user in the Microsoft ...
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Privacy Policy for email contact form

I'm building a web page that does not have any sort of registration/login. The only bit of user data is a contact form that allows the user to contact the owners of the page. This contact form asks ...
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What is the process of requesting collected personal information for a major company online?

Recently I took a personal trip to a resort and theme park a large company owns in the US. As a US citizen, I have the right to request any and all personal information digitally and physically ...
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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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Does the failure to honour an express refusal invalidate prior claims of having implied consent?

Suppose a local health district (LHD) has used a patient's electronic medical record (eMR) for training purposes. Upon learning that they have done this, the patient is displeased and tells them so. ...
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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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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 launch a phishing attack for educational purposes?

Currently I'm doing a internet security-related research for education. We've planned to make a public free WiFi and make a phishing website to phish login credential. We've use Facebook as our first ...
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Are social network companies legally permitted to tell police about users at risk of suicide?

In the United States, do social network companies have the legal right to provide user information directly to police, without order or subpoena, when such users post content about depression and self-...
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Can we copyright a product without revealing our identity?

What I want to ask is if we can have product copyrighted without the public knowing our identity (only the government would know) or we can be traced back by our copyrighted product? Example like does ...
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Do citizens of India have a legal right ask a website to delete their personal information?

Is there any rule under the IT Act or any other regulation in India which provides the right to withdraw consent from providing your personal information? I want to delete my personal information ...
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Lohnsteuerbescheinigung - income tax certiicate

I currently live and work in Germany and I would like to apply for a tax return. I have asked for help on a forum (in doing the paperwork) and one person wrote to me that she can help me out for a ...
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Photographing private or special property from public places

In the US, does a person photographing private property (houses, farms etc.) while standing on public ground (road, park etc.) commit any offence? If they do not, will they commit any offence by ...
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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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Is it legal to intercept 2.4Ghz communications (wifi 802.11) in the UK?

Is it legal to intercept radio communications in the 2.4Ghz band in the United Kingdom?
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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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Does the Commonwealth of Australia Privacy Act 1998 apply to CV reference companies

I asked a company that purported to be operating out of Perth called CV Check about which legislation applied them. This was their response: CVCheck will only obtain information from an ...
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How does computer privacy law apply in Canada when program reports who's using it?

If someone is hired to make a program for someone else, of course they don't need a EULA (end user license agreement) when they give the program to them as they are the owner. Is it possible for the ...
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Do I need some verification for Terms of use and Privacy Policy if I write them by my own?

I have an app and don't want to pay somebody to write them for me. The Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy are pretty similar with other's websites/app and I want to rewrite them by my own. Do I ...
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Can I process the e-mails from my own e-mail account to make statistics?

I'm working on a project for a company and I’m not sure if it's legal. I've made a system that automatically analyses my e-mail account and then displays statistics like: -Most common senders -Most ...
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Two Party Consent over State Lines

In Illinois, we have a two-party consent law on phone calls, requiring both parties to agree to being recorded. (Or, it seems, simply be told "This call may be recorded for ___ purposes", and you ...
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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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Is Running Tor software legal in Europe?

What is the legality of doing the following, under European and, in particular, Spanish law? Using the Tor browser Setting up a Tor relay Setting up a Tor exit node
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Are partner notification laws in conflict with HIPAA?

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requires health care providers only share medical information with family members under the patient's consent. However regarding HIV/AIDS ...
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Is it legal to ask users to pay for exporting their data?

I have a RescueTime account (rescuetime.com) and I want to export all of my data with its API. However based on my experimentation the API can access data of only three most recent months. If I want ...
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Would I be liable for any illegal traffic that comes through my VPN?

Say I hosted a virtual private network somewhere on a cloud hosting provider, say an amazon aws server. If I shared access to that VPN to other people (say for simplicity's sake, 5 friends), someone ...
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Can I count unique users without a cookie warning?

Is there a way to count (approximate) unique users on a website without having to display that silly cookie warning? The usual way to track unique users is to set a cookie. An alternative (less ...
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definition of personal data collection related to privacy policy

So I am about to publish a mobile app and I need a privacy policy, although my app doesn't really collect any type of user information, is there some kind of definition about what it means to "collect"...
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Can I make a privacy policy on my own for free?

I have the Problem that I want to start a web application which has access to the users files on dropbox and co. This involves saving some of the data local, e.g. the directory structure, access token,...
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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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Can the recipient of a digital message legally publish the message?

It's pretty commonplace these days for people to take screenshots of text messages (or messages on other platforms) and post them online for the general public to see - be it on Twitter, Facebook, ...
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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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Image scraping from public profiles [closed]

I am in the process of building a web-based framework to implement a search engine based on Facial Recognition, it will feature a paid service and a members only area, to protect not only the users, ...
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Is it illegal to own DNA?

Is there a law against owning someone else's DNA without their consent/knowledge ? I've googled it but I'm a bit confused. It says here that in California the police can compile a database of DNA ...
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Are there any legal limitations to using IP based authorisation so that only users from client premises can have access to cloud?

We have a cloud-based B2B solution that is meant to help them collate and manage their operational data. One of clients wants to ensure that their employees can only access their data from devices ...
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Verification of a contract

A university has a contract with the government. Does a university need to confirm the existence of a contract when the third party asks?
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GDPR: Citizens with Dual Nationality?

Do the GDPR Regulations apply to processing data of a citizen who has dual nationality?
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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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Improper use of work references by landlord

My would-be landlord asked me for a work reference before I moved in and I gave him my line manager's contact details. My references were checked and I moved in. A month or so later my landlord ...
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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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Can companies use user data for App Store marketing screenshots?

Apple's App Store lets you preview features of a published app via screenshots, images, and even videos. In the case of a social media app, those functionalities can only be shown through including ...
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Sharing rent information [closed]

I want to create a website in UK where people can share what they pay for rent at the address they currently stay. This would be community-driven and work like glassdoor (a website for sharing your ...
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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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Am I breaching any laws/policies for publicly posting customer service interactions?

I've recently had string of poor customer support experiences with a major corporation whom I rely on for the majority of my personal communication. I'd like to post these interactions in a public (...
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Is it legal for an employer to ask for SIN number over email?

I live in Ontario and recently my SIN Number changed. I notified my employer about the change and they asked me to email them the new sin number. I do not want to do so and I prefer to update my sin ...
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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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