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Is it legal for Microsoft to install software without user approval?

Unauthorized access to a computer is a crime in most parts of the world However, Microsoft's access is not unauthorized (my emphasis): Updates. The softwareperiodically [sic] checks for system and ...
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Has it been Legally Confirmed that A Website is not Liable if passwords stolen from it are used on other sites?

united-states The argument you are making, restated in legal terms, is roughly as follows: Users have a duty to not reuse passwords. When a user reuses a password, and their password is subsequently ...
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Is it illegal to download passwords in bulk from the dark web to make a password checking tool to help people?

Most of the question has nothing to do with the law, it's about technical how-to or how-does, which should be asked in Information Security SE. There are two possible legal questions: is it legal to ...
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Is it legal to sell security vulnerabilities you found while working with a company to that company?

No. An employee has a duty of loyalty to the employer and profiting from this personally (without the employer's consent) would breach the employee's duty of loyalty to the employer. The common law ...
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Is it legal to sell security vulnerabilities you found while working with a company to that company?

Well, as always, the answer is "it depends". It isn't illegal per se. If both parties agree, it's good business. You get paid for the work of compiling the report. For example, let's say you ...
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May putting others at peril worsen the sentence?

usukaustralia Yes, this can be charged as a type of negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter. The degree of culpability might be greater than negligence, since the initial act was a premeditated ...
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Does The Crown have the authority to restrict the rights of a Royal family member?

She never said that She said: When I joined that family, that was the last time, until we came here, that I saw my passport, my driver's licence, my keys. All that gets turned over With respect to ...
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Does The Crown have the authority to restrict the rights of a Royal family member?

The reigning monarch has significantly more authority over members of the royal family, at least those members in a reasonably foreseeable line of succession, than ordinary parents have over their ...
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Has it been Legally Confirmed that A Website is not Liable if passwords stolen from it are used on other sites?

If the customer is in the EU (or UK or EEA) and services were offered, targeted or marketed to that area, the GDPR applies. If the organization running the site has an establishment in the EU, the ...
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Are employers liable for employee safety if the workplace is declared a "gun free" zone?

Employees of an employer aren't governed by a fault based liability regime in the United States (subject to some usually quite narrow exceptions that vary from state to state, which sometimes also ...
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Sue a university for armed robbery

Probably not. Overview You haven't specified a jurisdiction. I will talk about Australia because that's what I'm familiar with. In Australia the most relevant area of law would be tort, ...
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Can a one-time-pad provide legal immunity - (make data inadmissible) -?

If it was for a criminal case, the jury would have to decide if they believed the person who claimed he/she cracked the code. Really, any evidence is interpreted by the jury if it is regarding facts....
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Can a neighbor point cameras at our backyard and the back of our house?

The California Constitution gives you the right to privacy, but your neighbor also has the right to have cameras on his house. https://oag.ca.gov/privacy/privacy-laws That means that it is up to the ...
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Is it against law to implement security theaters?

Given that obscurity is not security, the company potentially exposes itself to claims of: Misrepresentation under consumer protection laws, or even fraud (things that you sell are not quite what you ...
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May putting others at peril worsen the sentence?

france Yes, because it changes the charge Bob's conduct falls under article 221-6 du Code Pénal: Le fait de causer, dans les conditions et selon les distinctions prévues à l'article 121-3, par ...
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What are the powers of a retail security guard compared to a police officer?

A security guard does not have special police privileges, but in the US the shopkeeper has a privilege known as the shopkeeper's privilege to detain a suspected shoplifter for a reasonable time, and ...
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Is it legal for a university to tell police and security to not stop a battery on campus?

In the United States: Government law enforcement agencies have no specific duty to provide security to an individual. This was established in Warren v. DC: The duty to provide public services is ...
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Can a one-time-pad provide legal immunity - (make data inadmissible) -?

As the question mentions, and as the answer by leaustinwile explains in some detail, it is impossible to prove by cryptanalysis that a given decoding of a communication encrypted via a one-time-pad (...
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Can a one-time-pad provide legal immunity - (make data inadmissible) -?

Well, in this case, it is interesting to note one fact about the one-time pad. The key and the ciphertext are interchangable and indistinguishable. So rather then thinking about it as encryption, it ...
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Video surveillance of dedicated laboratory rejected by single employee [Germany]

Video surveillance is not necessarily illegal, but you do need a very solid legal basis. You should not install a camera in your lab without going through your department's usual processes, likely ...
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Are immigration officers who grant visas to a convicted terrorist guilty of a crime?

The answer from @BlueDogRanch is right as far as it goes, but omits a critical point. There are certain acts that are excluded from liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act and granting a visa when ...
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Is it legal for an employer to ask for SIN number over email?

It is generally legal for a business to ask, but it is not legal for a business to insist that you provide it as a condition of providing goods and services unless a law requires that the SIN be ...
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Does "insider trading" apply to private companies?

No, insider trading doesn't apply to private companies. By definition private companies don't trade their stock on the open market. Trading on the open market provides access to an immense pool of ...
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Does The Crown have the authority to restrict the rights of a Royal family member?

However could the Queen act in this manner since she isn't legally accountable? In theory yes, but a swift plausibility check shows that this is unlikely the case since there are many reports that ...
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Can I add a deadlock to the front door of my unit?

National Construction Code For Class 2 Buildings (apartments) the relevant volume is No 2. Door hardware on fire doors must comply with AS 1905.1 (Specification C3.4 Clause 2), that is, it has to be &...
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Can Bob provide translations to copyrighted articles on his websites?

The facts you describe are very likely an infringing derivative work which would provide a basis for a lawsuit against the person operating the website. But, nothing is certain, and these ...
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Is it legal to sell security vulnerabilities you found while working with a company to that company?

Answering this part of the question: you notify the company of a vulnerability and give them plenty of time to take care of it. Typically, if the company doesn't do anything about it, the person will ...
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Is Crypto the same as any foreign currency?

Is Crypto the same as any foreign currency? No. Crypto is generally treated as a commodity and capital asset, like gold, and not like a currency, under U.S. tax law. Other jurisdictions vary in how ...
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can i write in my portfolio about a critical security bug in my last job?

The employee must, during and after employment, without limitation in time, observe a duty of confidentiality regarding [...] the Company's internal affairs such as business plans, profitability, ...
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