Questions tagged [privacy]

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Is a public IP address classified as “personal data” for a third party under EU law?

Situation: an individual in the EU has a web site available on Internet (= if you are on Internet, you can connect to that web site). The IP addresses of the connections to this web site are stored in ...
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Is this privacy statement from a solicitors in line with GDPR?

I'm in the process of buying a house and have paid for a survey to be done on the property. I have received a contract from the solicitor who will be conducting the survey for me and will provide me ...
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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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Is it illegal to create a mobile app which tracks a user for some purpose?

Can a mobile app track a user using GPS/location services running in the background, and do something when a user is found in a particular location? Assuming that the app clearly tells the user that ...
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Can US courts be made to define whether a given search is reasonable (i.e. constitutional)?

In 2014, regarding the forced disclosure of the encryption keys of his email service provider company Lavabit, Ladar Levison wrote: The largest technological question we raised in our appeal (which ...
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Why does Google require consent from users in order to process ads personalization data?

Recently, Google was fined under the GDPR by France's CNIL data protection authority. The authority found Google's processing of personal data for ads personalization lacked transparency, was ...
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GDPR: Is giving out customer name and implied existence of customership legal?

I'm an employee (software developer) for a company that acts a data processor, and the company that is a client and data controller has requested a feature that I find questionable. The purpose is to ...
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Does GDPR apply to location data collected by apps?

I've just been reading this article in the New York Times which expounds on the business practices of mobile apps which collect your location data and use it/sell it. The article gives examples of ...
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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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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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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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Right to privacy at place of work

In the United States, is one's workplace generally considered to be a place where an employee can assume a relative level of privacy from hidden surveillance? For example, suppose that I had a ...
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Do default Apache logs violate the GDPR?

Joe is a completely novice Web developer who sets up an Apache server on its defaults, which include collection of log files which basically say "this specific file was requested by this specific IP ...
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In case of using what communication channels a person does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy?

In what scenario(s) a person doesn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy? sending a traditional letter or parcel via the U.S. post using work email account for sending private emails making a ...
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GDPR - Is having a PDF with fields to fill out classed as data?

I have a website which has a link to a PDF form which users can print out and fill in. I'm wondering if somewhere I need to a statement in my privacy policy which justifies this?
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User consent required under GDPR

I am having an Android app which uses certain Analytics services such as Google Analytics, Firebase etc. These services collect certain information from the user. For this reason I have drafted a ...
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Does the FTC Act of 2006 require utility companies to verify an account holder's identity?

The gas company wanted me to give them my SSN to start service. Naturally, I refused. I was told that they were required by law to verify my identity, and offered me the alternative of submitting a ...
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How does the Bank Secrecy Act affect normal law-abiding citizens?

The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 was designed to detect money laundering by organized criminals. Among other things, it requires banks to report large currency transactions in excess of $10,000 to the ...
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Third-party doctrine when recording isn't obvious

I'm not a lawyer (constitutional law or otherwise), but my understanding of the reasoning behind Smith v. Maryland (full text) and the subsequent "third-party doctrine" was that: The phone companies ...
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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 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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Should I be concerned my vpn server provider is based in the U.K.?

I understand in this age that there are several uses for vpns. As such I did some research and decided to use nord as they seemed popular and claimed to not log. However when I connect to certain ...
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Strata corporation installing keyless entry system and logging entrance times/dates

My concern is the strata is forcing people to sign for specified id numbers this information is then stored so they know who enters the building when and how often. I am an owner and I believe I ...
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Should email addresses be anonymized/pseudonymized under GDPR?

GDPR states recommendation to pseudonymise or even anonymise Personal Data. A lot — most of — web sites and services require email address on signup. Should, from the Data Controller's point of view, ...
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GDPR liability for Web Designer

I am a web designer that works with a range of clients on a project basis. I complete a project and then offer my services at any hourly rate for any other work required in the future. Do I have a ...
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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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How to protect privacy vis-a-vis sending resume to potential employer?

How can I protect the personal information contained within my C.V., cover letter, letters of recommendation from unauthorized sharing? I have been a victim of identity theft, so I seek to now find ...
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Is it proper to use “I” in a privacy policy?

I am creating a privacy policy for an app that I have developed by myself. Since there is no other person legally responsible, is it ok if I use the word "I" in the privacy policy? Extra info: This ...
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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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What is the punishment for misusing Aadhar card details in India.?

Some unknown person created an online account with my Aadhar card details and booked a room with that account. I guess the person is the PG owner to whom I gave my Aadhar card to photocopy as proof ...
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Is a security guard at an IRS office legally allowed to demand to see my cell phone?

This is sort of related to this other question but in this case it is about a cell phone and about entering a government (IRS) office. I visited an IRS field office in Worcester (Massachusetts, USA) ...
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Would public chat servers be considered public spaces or communications, for recording purposes?

By this definition, a public place is generally an area, whether privately or publicly owned, to which the public have access by right or by invitation... but not a place when used exclusively by ...
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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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Can I be recorded at work without my consent in the UK

My colleague and I suspect that our employers are secretly recording us whilst at work. They have asked questions and passed comments on matters that they would otherwise have no way of knowing we had ...
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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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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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Am I allowed to store data of EU citizens as an Indian company?

We are a company based in India and are frequently being visited by people from overseas. Due to the recent safe harbour developments, are we allowed store data of EU-citizens on a cloud server ...
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If i run a VPN service (paid) in the UK, do i by law have to keep logs?

So i want to start my own VPN company. Already have it setup and working etc but i'm based in United Kingdom (my servers are based in US though). Because i am based in the UK, i know that law ...
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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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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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(Cryptography) - Sending Encrypted Messages Online

Is it legal to send encrypted messages (specifically using RSA key-pairs and AES 256) online in Canada and the USA? Also, can law enforcement request it to be decrypted without probable cause? PS. ...
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Public record or PII

In the past, I had interactions via email with various boards of my town government. I recently noticed that printouts of these emails were scanned and added to the "meeting package" - a PDF document ...
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Can a neighbor point cameras at our backyard and the back of our house?

We live in the hills. And the way our neighborhood is designed is as you go up the hill, there will be a house below you, and a house above you (which are side by side to your property). The elevation ...
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Online Proctoring, Exams, and the GDPR?

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, my university has tentatively canceled all live forms of live education, including exams. Instead, they have decided to hold exams through an online proctoring ...
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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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Is revision history (audit/change log) compliant with GDPR's right to rectification?

Assume, there's a model called CustomerDetails, which contains the following properties: ContactEmail - an email address for contacting purposes, ContactAddress - a postal address for contacting ...
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Can text message be used against me in court

My daughter's father has petitioned the court for custody modification and is using text messages he downloaded against me. The text messages in question were not sent to him but, rather, were ...
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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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Can employee be restricted using his or her BYOA or BYOL by employer?

Can employee be restricted to use his or her BYOA(Bring Your Own Application) or BYOL(Bring Your Own License) by employer? I recently buy 1 per seat license of diff application from scootersoftware. ...
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GDPR/right of erasure and online marketplaces/payment platforms

I am in the early stages of designing an online marketplace platform for professional services. In the context of specifying what happens when a user hits the "delete account" button, I am considering ...

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