Questions tagged [privacy]

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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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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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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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Can employer collect and share employee data such as skin colour?

In an attempt to make the workforce more "diverse", our employer has announced that they will start "collecting and sharing" [sic!] employee data such as ethnicity and gender. This,...
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If a user of my site gives me info of a third party they claim to be affiliated with, am I allowed to contact that third party to check?

I am developing an app where a part of the on-boarding process requires users to enter the email / company name of the agency that they are affiliated with (the 3rd party). I need to confirm that they ...
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Facebook vs GDPR - Is Facebook never deleting the Searches you do?

I frequently delete the Search History from my account's Activity Log. However, every time I start typing in Search, Facebook seems to remember perfectly searches I've done in the past. Suggestions ...
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Is a privacy policy required for storing user preferences?

I wanted to use localStorage (which I think technically counts as a cookie) to store a user's preferences in a simple web app. The stored data doesn't identify the user and is never sent to any sort ...
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What jurisdiction applies to invasions of privacy on social media? [duplicate]

Suppose user "M", a resident of Maine, posts on Facebook photos or other material that constitute invasion of privacy for user "W", a resident of Washington. Suppose also that the assertion of ...
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Are documents generated by the patient part of psychotherapy notes under HIPAA?

HIPAA defines psychotherapy notes as follows (emphasis added): Psychotherapy notes means notes recorded (in any medium) by a health care provider who is a mental health professional documenting or ...
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Can I allow creation of a user profile without their knowledge?

I'm working on an app/website and I want to add functionality, which would allow current users create profiles for their friends and possibly connect these pages with the persons social network ...
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Expectation of privacy for HDMI wall ports in coworking and library rooms

It is pretty common nowadays for study and conference rooms in public libraries and private coworking spaces to have big-screen TVs, which often feature HDMI input, which are often driven by some sort ...
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Is WhatsApp legally obligated to remove my chat on every device, based on the GDPR? [duplicate]

Dear Law StackExchange community, I'm attempting to get chat history removed with another party dating back a long time ago. I don't want the chats to remain existent on any device whatsoever, so I ...
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Data Privacy: Should a user be allowed to change another users profile information?

In a SaaS platform, should users be allowed to change other users profile information (things like Name, Gender, Company they work for etc)? What laws (US & EU) would give guidance either way? ...
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Is it legal to promote activity on a mobile app with reward based contests?

I am planning to launch a social networking app where, for building an initial community of users, the primary motivation would be a rewarding contest. The contest would involve users earning points 1)...
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GDPR IFrame Cookies - Opt-In necessary?

A lot of googling didn't help me with the following questions: Given I own a website which only creates one cookie that identifies a users session - is it okay to embed said website in an iframe ...
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Can the employer fully access employee data according to Norway's law?

The computers at the company I work for recently show the message below during log on. This computer system is the property of Company. It is for authorised use only. All activities conducted on ...
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Providing an address list app and Privacy Policy Issues

I'm building an app which provides an avenue for users to store information on people particularly addresses and country of origin. The app will be an online service where all data are stored in our ...
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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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Access to sensitive information of employees as a fellow employee

I'm a programmer who works closely with an engineering firm to create tools for the automation of business processes. One of which I'm working on currently requires that have the access (although I ...
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Is lawyer going to be prosecuted if it is proven that he/she certainly knew that his/her client is guilty but continued to deny it in court? [duplicate]

If, say, during the process a client, who is accused of committing a murder, admits that he did it to the lawyer and demonstrates some undeniable proofs, like video of him committing a murder in a ...
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Leaving company and wiping personal data

I am new here please help and answer my question. In case you are leaving the company, you worked for, if you wipe your personal data such an email you logged on or data like the logs of the websites ...
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Force third party to delete ssn from database

I erroneously gave my ssn to a recruiter working for a tech recruitment company. They asked for it because they needed it to post me for a bank job. At least that's what they claimed. Long story ...
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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 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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Is it legal to retain customer card details when making transactions over the phone (UK)?

In a small business we have people who make orders over the phone (commonly known as card not present). Common practice is to directly input the details into the machine as the customer reads them out....
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Does the right to privacy extend to property purchases?

Currently, in USA, if you purchase property (land/house), the municipality makes that transaction public (and internet scraping company make it Googleable). Does the right to privacy extend to that ...
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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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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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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 it illegal to NOT store logs within the UK? (VPN related)

Introduction: I co-run a VPN company. I have a few legal questions since our service has a strict NO-LOG policy enforced. Question: In the UK, it is illegal to store sensitive and private customer ...
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Private phone call recorded by company phone in UK

I work for a Company in the UK, and routinely recording conversations between customers and myself providing that they (the customer) give consent. A private phone call on my personal mobile phone ...
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Some of my personal information was made public some time ago as a school project. Can I legally demand removal of said information?

Some years ago, as a group project in school, I and my group published on a certain page (REDACTED.wordpress.com) information including things like my name, email, phone number, pictures, etc. It was ...
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Creative commons for erotic purpose

I am a young writer and I need free photos of girls's body ( so with faces covered ) for the cover of my erotic book similar to 50 shades of grey. Can I use the photos of flickr under this licence ...
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Does my school have a right to get involved over something relating to them, but done in isolation of them?

Okey, this is going to be quite a specific question about something that has come up. I am a school student, and I sent various emails to the developers of the school management software that my ...
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Forcing a person to remove a picture of me

I was riding home on the bus from summer school. A girl and I had a debate and she ended up frustrated and moved seats. The girl then started taking pictures of me. When I told her to stop, she ...
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How to respond to a user requesting deletion of their online account

My website occasionally receives requests from users asking for their account to be deleted. The website itself is a dating site that stores messages between users, personal information they add to ...
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What legal conditions do I have to meet to open an open source website?

I'm working on a website for a pretty long time and in the close future I want to open it into the public. The problem is, my website collects personal data and cookies which (in my country - Poland) ...
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Is there a legal way to opt-out of submitting fingerprints for professional licensing?

I am interested in taking the CPA exam. One of the requirements to take the test is have my fingerprints taken, ostensibly to verify my identity at the testing center. (https://nasba.org/blog/2008/01/...
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US/International Law regarding collection of diagnostic data from iPhone app [closed]

I am designing an iPhone ultrasound transceiver. In order to improve the algorithm I wish to send an occasional ~2-3s chunk of audio containing the signal to my server. As such, this would clearly ...
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How should I notify Human Resources of revocation of consent to a background check?

I submitted consent for the purpose of background check to a very established organization, which outsourced the process of background checking to another organization. Let's call them HireWrong. ...
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Is this termination procedure legal in California?

I live in California. I occupied a position for 8 months, where I sometimes worked from home (on a company’s laptop computer) sometimes on-site (on company’s desktop computer). Everything seemed to ...
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Privacy policy pop up in China

There is a new New Privacy Policy Requirements For Mobile Apps In China. One of rules is "They must be in a pop-up message, either on your landing or login page." Can a full screen be ...
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How much can privacy concerns ignore danger?

Cell phone companies generally help police get the location of a missing person if there is some reasonable suspicion of danger. Is there any cell phone company (in any country) which values privacy ...
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Liability for Client Data Confidentiality

If a ransom-ware attack was to happen which threatened to make public "private client data" if you didn't pay up: Is an LLP (Limited Liability Partnership) status enough to protect the company, its ...
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If someone steels your (actively recording) camera

Say I am in the middle of recording a scenic video in the United States, and someone steels the camera out of my hand, thinking I am taking pictures. They get away in their car, drive to their house, ...
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1st admendment autitor

A person came to our location( business) as a first amendment auditor,during protesting up the street. Began filming how to get into our building and how many people inside. Came on property,but ...
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Consent to be recorded in public [duplicate]

I'm a little confused as to how the law is applied to this question. On the one hand, the right to privacy only extends to your home or immediate surroundings in places like public restrooms (the ...
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How law can help me if someone using my name join a zoom class and tell teachers bad words?

Nowadays during lockdown Online classes are happening in the Zoom app. Teachers share the Zoom meeting link where we do our classes. As here anybody can join with any name and someone joins in zoom ...
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What legal proof is valid for a user to complain under an online privacy policy

Now a days most of website like Bank,Social media,Financial service apps and almost all online service) when we signup or create online a/c or use some online services we need to select privacy policy ...

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