Questions tagged [privacy]

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GDPR: What is the legal situation on documenting cases of “Right to be forgotten” claims?

I wasnt able to find an explanation inside the GDPR whether a data privacy officer (or similar responsible) is allowed or required to document cases where individuals claimed the right to be forgotten....
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Is it illegal to masturbate inside public toilet behind closed door out of view from the public?

I suspect someone is doing that but it is hard to catch him because it is illegal to install surveillance camera in the toilet. Putting that aside, is this act that should be done in private at home ...
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I'm being hacked, stalked and gossiped about. Do I have a chance at suing for slander, character assasination?

I am a member of a laid back, everyone's equal, religious organization. Several years ago, a new parson was hired. He is a power seeker, a liar, and a narcissist. He aligned himself with a low but ...
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Is it legal for police to travel with a film crew and publicize arrest footage without consent?

Am I right to assume that police bodycam footage is only allowed to be released as part of a court order / as evidence? If this were true, than wouldn't a news crew accompanying the police officer ...
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Why do so many YouTube channels ask people if it's OK to show them in their videos?

My understanding is that it's not illegal to film people in public where there can be no reasonable expectation for privacy. However, if that's the case, why do so many channels on YouTube ask people ...
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Proof of Consent under GDPR, HOW TO?

One of GDPR Lawful Bases for Processing Personal Data (and that means Collect; Access; Store; Process and Share) is Consent. Companies must have documented proof of Consent as per defined under GDPR ...
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Concealing Medical Conditions from Employer

If an employer asks an employee or prospective employee to fill out and sign a health declaration form (very common in the medical field) like this. If the employee is afraid that revealing their ...
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Is it a violation of GDPR law to email personnel gathered from hunter.io?

I'm a web developer working on a project for a client. The project is a directory of sustainable companies (enviromental-friendly companies). The project is only launching now. The companies listed ...
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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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Which US laws would webcam spying break?

In the United States, which laws would spying on someone using their computer's webcam, without their permission and in private areas, break?
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Is it a HIPAA violation for a dentist office to print a patient's password on paperwork?

Dentist office just printed my password (to their portal) on their paperwork. Surely this is a HIPAA violation (or against best practices, HIPAA or otherwise). Can anyone confirm if so and point me ...
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Under GDPR EU law, can I sue big tech companies (Facebook, Google, Apple) for acquiring and storing my personal data without my consent?

Many of my friends have social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, etc.) where they regularly post photos of them and where occasionally I appear in them. Many of my friends have their personal ...
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If we anonymize Google Analytics IPs do we still need to ask for Cookie consent? [duplicate]

Trying to figure out the most light weight way to have Google Analytics on a site without having to ask for cookie consent. If we turn on IP Anonymization do we still need to ask for consent? If so ...
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Facial Recognition Data of Minors

I have a cool app a couple of high school librarians use. It's pretty simple: students scan their IDs when they enter and leave the library. Librarians then can then see who's in the library at any ...
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Must an American company comply with Australian surveillance law?

So there is a law called Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 that was recently made law in Australia. From what I have heard about it, it allows the ...
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Private companies asking for Social Security Number?

I thought that the privacy act (HIPAA) forbade use of the Social Security Number, or even asking for it, except by banks and federal agencies. Nevertheless, I frequently get asked for my Social ...
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Using Personal data before consent

I am having an Android App which is going to use some services such as Google Analytics, Firebase etc. I have a thought of having two different consent screens for different region user such as EU ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What can a network service disclose to law enforcement if they claim they don't keep any logs?

After reading this question I was wondering about the legal applications of the terms-of-service of Privateinternetaccess.com (PIA): a VPN provider. What's a VPN provider? If you have one, all your ...
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Is it legal to secretly record audio of a housemate in their shared home?

My housemate claims to have made a secret video and audio recording of me and shown it to someone else. I'm not really concerned about the contents of the supposed video going public, but this ...
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Reposting pictures of private Instagram account elsewhere

Is it illegal to post pictures from a private Instagram account on the internet? My friend has a private Instagram account but her posts were seen on a sub reddit. She didn't give consent to repost ...
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Is CNN Chris Cuomo right about Clinton's emails: “it's different for the media”?

In 2016, CNN reporter Chris Cuomo, said about Hillary Clinton's hacked emails: Also interesting is remember...it's illegal to possess the stolen documents. It's different for the media. So ...
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Am I required to hand out my private encryption key by german law?

I have posted a question over at academia.stackexchange.com (see [1]) which involves a legal question that may better fit here. Context: I am a PhD student of a german university. Due to illness a ...
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Legal sending personal information to a third party if the user supplied incorrect contact information?

To clarify the title, here is an example: Alice wants to sign up to online store Nile.com Alice enters the email bob@mailprovider.com by accident Nile.com does not send a verification that Alice has ...
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Do Bitcoin nodes need consent to store EU citizen's personal data?

The Bitcoin blockchain stores data about bitcoin users. This includes: There bitcoin address, which is linkable to their identity via blockchain analysis Transactions they have made This would seem ...
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Should I have a privacy policy on my personal website?

Assuming I have a personal website that I maintain, without offering users the possibility to log in, nor giving them the option to post any content of their own, should I design a privacy policy? ...
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Help regarding revenge site/cyberstalking/cybersquatting [closed]

I am a victim of cyberstalking and cybersquatting by an ex. After I terminated our very short 3 month relationship, this person contacted my significant other, my separated spouse (unwanted, and they ...
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Oregon v Newcomb: warrantless searches for animal welfare

Oregon v. Newcomb: A dog is personal property under Oregon law. However, Oregon law simultaneously limits ownership and possessory rights in ways that it does not for inanimate property. Live ...
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Why are toxicology reports made public?

The recent news on Mac Miller's cause of death reminded me that I'm always puzzled when toxicology reports are made public. Is this mandated, and if so, is it by state or federal law? Why? Otherwise,...
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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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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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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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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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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 Cookie Law: can two sites differing by the third level domain can be considered a single website?

Let's make a common example: www.example.com is the main website of a company, then they have blog.example.com that is the company's blog. It's important to note that the same organization is ...
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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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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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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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Is a Unique Device Identifier personal information?

From Apple's Privacy Policy: Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information We also collect data in a form that does not, on its own, permit direct association with any specific individual....
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What legal action can I take if someone who had access to my personal hard disk copied all my personal pictures into his computer?

A few months ago I had a temporary guest in my residence. During this time he, without my permission, went through my personal hard disk and copied all of my pictures onto his personal computer. (...
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Spousal rights to credit information

Let's say a husband and a wife co-sign a mortgage or a line of credit or some type of banking product. Based on this "co-signing", is the bank officer permitted to share one spouse's credit report ...
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Interpretation of content ownership/usage in service provider agreement

I'm interested in using Firebase. Their terms of service states in section 3.2 that: You hereby grant Company an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license, with rights to ...
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Is internet tracking “public info” for insider trading purposes?

Suppose I own a search engine. I look at my server logs and see that the query "how to fix exploding engine" is very popular in the area around Tesla headquarters. Would it be legal to act on this ...
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Do user-generated content and votes count as personal data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

Do user-generated content and votes count as personal data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? For example, on Stack Exchange, do the questions, answers, comments, messages and ...
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Privacy Policy for my App - asked by Client's Legal Department

My company has a B2B mobile app on iOS/Google Play. Our app links to our privacy policy on our corporate website which is encouraged/required by iOS/Android these days. My Client needs to make sure ...
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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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