Questions tagged [privacy]

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In UK legislation, what does “reasonable grounds to suspect” mean?

In the Customs and Excise Management Act of 1979, section 161 the language "if there are reasonable grounds to suspect" appears. Practically, where is the line drawn for "reasonable," and how ...
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How can GDPR affect user generated content?

I'm wondering where the lines of GDPR are in regard to user generated content and how it meets the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 has been what ISPs and websites (Yelp as an example) use as ...
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Can I take a picture of my company server room and post it on Facebook?

Is there a law that prohibits the taking of photos of a company server room and posting it as a status in Facebook? Every component is exposed but... no software ID, usernames or passwords even IP ...
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Can I download pictures from Pinterest and send them to a client as an example of work?

I am a wedding florist, and clients want to see lots of different pictures to help them choose their arrangements. There are lots of pictures people have posted online, such as on pinterest. Can I ...
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Identity of the controller (GDPR): can any website now ever be anonymous?

No matter whether a website collects personal data or not, it seems that a privacy policy is required anyway, and such a policy should contain (citing article 13 of the GDPR, first paragraph): (a) ...
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Websites for children under 13 years of age

Many websites have a section for children under 13 years of age in their privacy policy, stating that they are not knowingly collecting information from such children and the collected information ...
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Can a health provider (physical or mental) contact my family to ask them questions without my permission?

Can a health provider (physical or mental) contact my family to ask them questions about me without my consent? Can they do it if they don't disclose their reasoning or any medical information and ...
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What is the difference between “private” and “confidential”?

It is often stated on the envelope of bank statements, or certain email messages: Private and Confidential Presumably, "Private" and "Confidential" are two different legal terms, hence the need to ...
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What constitutes Commercial Appropriation of Likeness?

Imagine a corporate executive named John Doe who's worth about $100 billion and ranks as one of the tree most famous people in the world. I want to write a tell-all book about him, focusing on ...
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My email has been shared with other parties

I am in the process of searching for a new job and I have applied for a few. Today I received an email from HR representative of one of the companies saying that I was not called for an interview ...
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How much privacy about my health am I giving up if I participate in my employer's wellness screening program?

My employer is having a "Wellness Screening Fair" where you can receive free testing for things like cholesterol and insulin, and I imagine advice about how to interpret the results. Sounds good.. But ...
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Dual Consent Laws of California Relating To Residents Of Other State's

CA Penal Code 632 sets forth that all parties must be notified that a conversation is to be recorded. I have a person whom I'd like to assist in a proceeding, possibly, given the situation is ...
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Could the Swedish government require a VPN to start logging user activity?

This question is basically the same as this question, but for Sweden instead of the United States Could the US government force a VPN provider to start logging? If the government asked a VPN that ...
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Could the US government force a VPN provider to start logging?

Lets say that the US Government had a subpoena to get logs of user activity. However, assuming the VPN provider was not previously logging, could the government ask the provider to start logging, in ...
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Website using Phonenumber, frequently getting phone calls from strangers

A website is using the mobile/cellphone number of a relative in their contacts. He's getting phone calls from strangers multiple times a week, sometimes even multiple times a day. He's not to familiar ...
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Is Facebook Invading My Privacy?

I have two Facebook accounts: A, and B. FB account A uses my real email address and has my real life friends. FB account B uses made up information and is in no way associated with my real life. I ...
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Who is the Controller and who is the Processor if Company X hosts/embeds content of Company Y

Let's say we have two companies "WeServe" and "OurContent" and the following relationships, who is the Controller and who is the Processor or are they Joint Controllers (Art. 26 GDPR) or is there ...
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Isn't 'confidentiality' misnamed, when it's not confidential compared to solicitor-client privilege?

Though for Canadian law, Robin Nobleman JD (Osgoode) spotlights that: This difference means that while all communications between a lawyer and his/her client are confidential, not all ...
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Do I need to ask my app users for permission to gather anonymous telemetry data?

I want to gather basic telemetry in my app (ex: which buttons are pressed, how long someone stays on certain pages, etc). Do I need to ask for a users permission to do this, or give them a way to opt ...
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Data & privacy: what is the actual extent of this audio/video approval form?

In the context of a tech conference I'll attend, a big tech company is organizing a social event which requires to RSVP. The process involves a form, with an obligatory check box to the following ...
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How much evidence do I need in their ban appeal that they are actually 13+ to unban someone who was banned for being under 13 (to comply with COPPA)?

Since my site collects personal information, people under 13 years of age are not allowed because of the COPPA law (and the site is not directed towards children). The most common ban appeals that ...
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Are file hash codes really unique identifiers? [closed]

It is often said in judicial opinions and legal briefs that the hash value derived from a file is like a fingerprint that uniquely corresponds to the source file. See, e.g., http://www.ca5.uscourts....
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Publishing non-public figure name in a website

Is the following statement reasonable? "It seems to me that since you are not a public figure, you should be permitted to control your own name and they should not be able to simply include you in ...
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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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User privacy policy when visiting page on Amazon S3

I have a static webpage that advertises my mobile app for the App Store. The page is stored on an Amazons S3 bucket. It has no ads and doesn't use cookies. Do I still need a privacy policy, because I ...
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In Victoria Australia can you stand out the front of somebody's house and record what is happening inside?

Generally, in Victoria Australia, anything that occurs in public is open to being recorded by anyone (To my knowledge). However, if you take a video camera or camera phone and aim it through the ...
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Do the GDPR and Cookie-Law regulations apply to localStorage?

We use the localStorage API to store information about the login data to keep the user logged in through various sessions (we do not store personal information), furthermore the localStorage data is ...
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How can I provide proof of residency [closed]

So I am moving to another state (pooler, Ga.) and I need to enroll My son into school. I would need to provide proof of residency But I will be staying with my mother in law until I get more familiar ...
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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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No gun zone and knock and talk

Recently i passed by a large local mosque. The mosque property was posted "No Gun Zone" at the property boundaries. If a resident posted such signs on their property then missionaries, delivery ...
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Sharing confidential information between two companies

I own a small company and submitted a proposal to a major company and I received no response. Another company considered my proposal and invited me to present the proposal to the board. I was asked ...
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Can you selectively consent to searches?

Often I'll go for takeout and they'll hand me my food in an paper bag. There's nothing wrong with this, but I tend to feel suspicious walking down the street with this unmarked brown paper bag. If a ...
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Peter Strzok's Text Messages [closed]

Strzok indicated in testimony that he did not think that his text messages would become public. I realize that FBI agents give-up a certain degree of privacy and rights (admirable). That being said,...
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How to remove an entry from Boston Herald database

A Boston Herald database posted information about government employees' salaries here. Can a person named in the database remove their entry?
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Do we need to show ID when we return items to the shop?

I was asked to show my ID when returning the item which I bought from their online shop. I brought it in to one of their shop in London to have my refund, however, they told me the card I used for the ...
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Do I have legal standing to force a website to remove my Personally Identifiable Information (PII)?

I recently learned a high school coach of mine used a website (athletic.net) to track meets, etc, and posted there is quite a bit of PII (full name, High school, graduation year, events competed in, ...
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Removal of made public personal information. Privacy laws

There are many websites today which scrape and aggregate data. Are these laws protecting US citizens and/or New York state residents which ensure that, upon request, the information must be removed? ...
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Under GDPR, is an image of a person's face a “Special Category Data”?

I'm triyng to understand whether, under European GDPR, an image of a person's face is a "Special Category Data". From this image I could determine person's: ethnic origin (for example: from the ...
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Is it legal to collect reviews/ratings about people and show it on website?

There are websites which show reviews, ratings, scores about companies (restaurants, hotels, etc.). For example, I create a website which would collect similar data about concrete persons. Could a ...
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Is this service legal?

This service, "Find Email Free", offers to collect email addresses from its users, and then share them with the users. It seems not only morally wrong on several moral grounds, but also shockingly ...
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Is it possible to refuse offering service to GDPR-protected customers?

Let's say I have a service that asks registration details from the user and for some reason I, as a provider of that service, can't comply to GDPR and therefore want to refuse registration of new ...
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Can a school district install video surveillance only for specific teachers?

Let's say a school district in the United States decides to install surveillance cameras (possibly with audio) in classrooms, but only in the classrooms of specific teachers. Gen Ed teachers might be ...
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Dirty Apartment 3 day notice to cure breach or quit San Diego, CA

I received a "Three Day notice to cure breach or quit" for a dirty apartment. It is dated Wednesday, but was left on my door Thursday at 9am. The landlord is coming over on Saturday before noon to ...
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GDPR - Is consent really necessary for contact form?

I am looking for an answer that is supported by the GDPR, so please try to quote GDPR parts as you answer. The internet is on fire (developers especially) now that the GDPR is on strength. There are ...
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Privacy concerns regarding my data on a website

Recently, I signed up on this website. As soon as I registered, they sent me an activation email. After seeing the activation email, I was a little disturbed. The activation email consisted of the ...
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For GDPR compliance, what documents or contracts need to contain a list of processors or sub-processors?

Should a complete list of processors or sub-processors be written anywhere for GDPR compliance? If so, who is required to do so? Controllers, processors, sub-processors? And where should the list be ...
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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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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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Does data that is anonymized need to be collected in the event of a GDPR Subject Access Request?

Google Analytics anonymizes and aggregates all user data so it is not possible to look up an individual user. Does that mean that in the event that we use Google Analytics and receive a Subject ...
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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 ...