Questions tagged [privacy]

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

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Video recording with owners permission

We are currently in the process of creating a service that records video (in this case in a non-profit tennis court) of the people at the location practicing and/or playing. This is not meant for or ...
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Can I sue a PCI violator

If a vendor clearly ignores PCI-DSS regulations and puts my personal credit card information at risk, is there any legal action I can take against them? In the case at hand, a vendor first scanned ...
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Were any laws broken in the publishing of Trump's tax returns?

The New York Times have just published what they claim to be part of Donald Trump's tax return. Assuming their claim is true and that Trump and anyone who had legal representation rights for him did ...
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Keeping a user's agreement to service terms after the account was closed?

When new users sign up on my software as a service platform they have to agree to the terms and conditions. That they did so is stored in a database record along with the revision of the legal ...
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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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Is it legal to publish personal information obtained in public?

Lets say I built a device using some software like NFCProxy or a hardware/software kit like Proxmark3 and just stood in middle of a sidewalk with a high amount of foot traffic and I passively captured ...
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Is it lawful to publicly show a video of a minor burglarizing one's house?

My friend's house was broken into today, and he captured video of the burglar on his Nest Cam. It alerted him of movement inside his house via his phone, and when he checked the video stream, he saw ...
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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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In Canada, do employees have the right to not be listed publicly?

Let's say Microsoft Canada decided to put online their employee directory (name, title, phone number, work address), indexed by Google. Let's say one employee does not want people to find out where ...
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Legality of Recording

Is it legal for someone to record my crotch area that is fully clothed (e.g. wearing pants and undergarment not visible) and/or my face in a public place in Canada where there is no "reasonable ...
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Disclaimer for App

I'm developing an App, through which illustrators/creators can distribute their own comic books for free and other readers can download the books for free as well. I don't want anyone to distribute ...
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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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Is it really illegal for Google to keep unblurred Street View imagery made in Germany and even in European Union?

If so, what exact laws are responsible for it? I'm a big fan of Google Street View and I have heard that it's illegal in European Union and in Germany to keep street view imagery in unblurred form ...
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Is It Illegal to sell passwords?

Is it unlawful in the United States to sell passwords of other people? If the passwords were obtained through malicious attacks on an organization's database, does that affect the legality?
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Is there any report card/accountability for Judges, Police Departments, and Officers?

I am looking for an independent way to evaluate: Ruling bias Transparency Sanctions, warnings, etc ...? for government agencies, police departments, and any other entity that has the ability to ...
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Is there any law (US, UK, or Canadian) that limits the scope of a search, so that unrelated crimes can't be prosecuted?

Are search warrants limited to evidence for a specific crime? For example, assume a search warrant is issued based on probable cause of property theft. While executing this search warrant, the police ...
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What to include in disclaimer and privacy policy of IoT devices and services?

IoT allows any devices to connect to a server which collect sensitive privacy data such as whether or not you are at home etc. What are the main consent of users that need to be addressed when it ...
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In 2-party consent states, do you need permission to record a conversation if the other party already has yours? [duplicate]

If one of the two parties to a conversation in a 2-party consent state has the permission of the other to record the conversation, does the other party need to obtain permission to do the same as well?...
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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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Right to Records

I know in the UK, there is a law that allows you to request all records about you from any institution, public or private, including private and publicly traded companies. Does anyone know if ...
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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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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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Do I have to allow users to delete their acounts?

On my web app, the only personal information that I ask users for when they sign in is their e-mail address. The e-mail address is not shown to any other users, but one can check if a user exists ...
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My past employer is talking openly to my boyfriend about my leaving the job

I walked out on my position as a medical assistant. My boyfriend is still a patient there, and during his last apointment, the doctor openly talked about how wrong I was to walk out on my job. Does he ...
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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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Does showing the county council my customer records break the Data Protection Act?

I run a home boarding dog business. As part of their home check for licensing conditions the local council demanded to see my customer records. As these include names,addressees, telephone numbers and ...
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What constitutes publishing offensive material?

Recently an article was published in my local newspaper (Bedford, UK) saying a man had been charged with publishing offensive material. A quick Google search suggested that the definition for this is "...
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What recourse do I have against commercial use of my image?

Somebody took photos of my wife on a treadmill at a gym without her permission. One of those photos appeared a week later in the local paper in an advertisement for a car dealership. Subsequently my ...
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Is disclosing a trade secret only to a judge in court, as happened in "The Prestige", something that could happen in reality?

The 2006 film The Prestige begins with a magician drowning while performing a magic trick, with another man accused of murdering him. During the trial, the magician's engineer is asked to reveal the ...
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Could anyone sue spammers?

After reading this article about the lawyer who sued companies solely because they sent him spam, I was wondering if anyone could follow his steps and do the same thing, and how one would do so. (I ...
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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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