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Questions tagged [privacy]

Questions relating to the right to privacy in the workplace and the handling of private data. Note that many countries have strict privacy laws that influence this topic. Questions that require interpretation of such law in a specific situation are off-topic here.

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Large Company asking for personal information prior to salary offer

TL;DR: When hiring, a company is asking for very personal information before they can even tell me the offered salary (even though I passed their interviews). Recently, there has been a very unusual ...
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Applying for job with recruiter who is on retainer with current company

Im interested in a job on the market through a recruiter. The recruiter is the one who placed me in my current role 5 years ago. They also are on retainer with my current company, they are the ...
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How can I keep a job search from being discovered by current employer?

I am looking for either a more senior or similar role in a bigger company. All our competitors would be happy to have me. Some of our biggest customers also approached me. And some of our partners, ...
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Our product is ruining users privacy, without telling them [closed]

The current start-up I'm working with for now is obviously a threat for its users privacy. The product we're producing (which I'm involved in a HUGE part of it) records the user contacts. It's stated ...
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How to respond to third party (vendor) theft and fraud? [closed]

Our organization acquired a software from a software engineer (Alice). Alice designed the software to take 2% off the top of all transactions and place it into her bank account. If we complained to ...
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New employer asks for information I find unnecessary

I'm in the UK and I was recently offered a job. When I went for an interview, they asked for a form of ID and my National Insurance number. I took my passport and a previous payslip with my NI number ...
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Former job asking for laptop password weeks after leaving

I left my job and turned in my laptop. On that work laptop, I used my "usual" personal password, as the password. When I left and turned in the laptop, no-one asked for the password. A couple of ...
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Personal e-mail obtained due to compromised work account (GDPR) [closed]

At my current place of work a phishing e-mail was sent from an employee's e-mail address (Let's call them Sally). An e-mail originating from Sally's account was sent to everyone's work e-mail within ...
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Is it ok to ask colleagues about health situations in his family?

One of my colleagues told me that one of his family members is having health problems. The last few days he has been very sad, so I wanted to ask him if everything is okay or not. In the country where ...
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Anonymized information for initial contact with companies that outsource HR functions?

I would like some insight into using an anonymized information - like a different family name, birthday, location and phone number, and throw-away email address - to make initial contact with a ...
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Is it against german privacy protection laws to disclose that someone worked on the weekend? [closed]

In Germany, if you e.g. learned of an illness of a colleague, you are not allowed to disclose this to other colleagues or even the employee. I am wondering whether something similar applies to ...
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Do people being interviewed need to be informed they are part of an investigation?

I'm looking for some guidance, hopefully from a HR professional but any advice is appreciated; for context, this is in the UK so will be subject to our laws/guidelines. I, along with many colleagues ...
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Why does a new employer ask for General Practitioner Details [closed]

What could be the reasons for a new employer asking about General Practitioner details when I am about to sign a permanent contract with them? Is this usual practice ? Edit They are asking for GP ...
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Sharing Private Conversations [closed]

I work in HR. I’ve just had a coworker with whom I shared my frustrations (talking poorly about the company and others coworkers) regularly go and expose all my comments to upper management. I ...
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A colleague found on our LAN all employee's resumes/CV. Is this a data breach? [closed]

I work in an office in the UK with about 120 staff. We all have access to the "public drive" which is a LAN for us to share work. There's also thing on there like pics from the Christmas party, etc. ...
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Business mail addressed to former employee

We received a letter addressed to a former employee, who parted ways with the company in bad terms. The letter is obviously business related and pertinent to the company (located in NI). Is it OK ...
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Is a client identifying my device (which caused high network traffic) possibly in violation of privacy regulations? [closed]

I live in Belgium and I'm working for a government institution as a contractor. About two months ago I've had to reinstall my (own - but professionally used) laptop that is connected to the ...
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Other candidates' address in “recipients” list in a mail [closed]

As a student soon to be graduated, I a looking for my first job. I have been fortunate enough to have a recruitment process with several companies. One of those companies sent me a mail, asking me ...
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When is it acceptable to share personal information I have about a coworker who disappeared? [closed]

This girl from my office kind of disappeared, she hasn't been in for 4 days now. Apparently nobody has her number or details either. The one person who has her details and would know where she is (...
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Can a candidate request an employer to delete pre-employment records about him according to GDPR?

Some questions about HR agencies or employers from European Union and GDPR: Should HR agency delete records about candidate after certain period of time after applying? Is HR agency obligated to ask ...
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Can I call a potential future coworker about salary

I am about to have a third interview for a new position in my company. I was told the third interview would be the time to talk salary/start dates, etc. This position would be in a new area for me, ...
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Is signing a permanent contract celebrated/ announced - UK

The scenario: I've been working on a temporary 6 month contract with my company and I have just agreed to new terms which will give me a permanent full employee contract. The question: Is it ...
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Boss announces PTO to team [closed]

I took today off, and in response my boss emailed my team with a chart and table displaying everyone's PTO taken for this month and their remaining PTO balances with the obvious motivation being to ...
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How to discipline a subordinate without involving HR or our Manager? [closed]

I have an extremely unique situation in which I need to discipline one of my subordinates for violating my privacy. My subordinate went through my desk without my permission while I was running a ...
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Do I have to update my boss on the personal reasons that led to a past leave of absence? [closed]

I had taken a leave of absence from work last year due to a bad break up with my partner. I had caught him cheating on me for a quite long period of time. My mind was really out of focus and my heart ...
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Laptop turned in to IT support has a document with staff member's name. Is it ethical for the staff member to read it?

I'm one of the two team members who work in IT support at my company. I recently had a laptop turned in for hard drive replacement. While copying the files to the new drive, I noticed a document named ...
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Our secretary reads the employee's evaluations

We are a small department of 8 people within university context, but very independent. Yesterday, shortly after my employee evaluation with my boss, our secretary stepped into my office and said: "I ...
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What's normally included in a consumer report?

I'm applying for a new job and they want me to fill out a bunch of paper work before the interview. One of these is giving them authorization to do a 'consumer report'. I hadn't heard of consumer ...
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How to ask for not forwarding (or including other people in) one-to-one emails?

When writing one-to-one emails, more often than not, there are situations where you don't want the other party to forward your message to anyone (for many reasons). It's not about anything top secret ...
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Is it wrong for my boss to tell my parents what I do wrong in the workplace? [closed]

My boss keeps telling my parents the things I do wrong at work so not only do I get in trouble at work I get in trouble at home too. Is there any way I can prove that this is wrong and that she can ...
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What should I do after finding salary information on the company fileserver?

We have a local fileserver on premises. It appears a manager synced his cloud storage account to a folder on this server (in a location that's not very hard to find). This folder is now accessible to ...
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EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) information - voluntary?

I got from a US employer an "EEOC information" form to fill, after getting an offer letter. Questions on the form are: race highest academic degree gender disabled veteran (I assume US military) ...
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Am I obligated to share tools I built with my employer? [closed]

I work in a corporate setting and I have put a great deal of work into custom-building specific tools and gathering information which assists me in my job here. I and others have noticed these tools ...
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Previous employer possibly spreading lies about me to prospective employers [closed]

I was working in a Centre, where I became really depressed and stressed, both due to my personal situation and also because of the workload, discrimination and inequalities. I resigned after sending a ...
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Is it rude to look in co-workers peoples outlook calendars?

In some organizations, people do not enable security on their Outlook calendars, so when you open someones calendar to schedule a meeting, you can see what else they are doing. From time to time, ...
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Is it inappropriate to keep a mirror on my desk (to see people behind me)?

I work in an open-plan office, at one of the 'edges' of the room. Nobody sits behind me, but the printers are immediately behind me, and people often walk past to get to the toilets or an adjacent ...
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How can I push back on a prospective employer's request for sensitive information during the pre-employment process

I'm applying for a programmer's job in Taiwan at a new startup (with foreign investment) that doesn't yet have a website. The first stage of the hiring process consists of completing a simple pilot ...
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Is there a reason why I should refrain from specifying where I work in my class discussions? [closed]

I recently started taking a class. There is a "get to know you" discussion forum that we are all supposed to participate in. Is there a good reason I should refrain from mentioning my specific place ...
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Coworker continously forgets to lock the bathroom stall door

When visiting the restroom, I've walked in on the same coworker sitting on the toilet three times now, from where he simply neglects to adequately lock the stall door. I definitely don't want to keep ...
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How do I avoid giving up my password to coworkers?

I work in a big company in Germany, where we all have our computers administrated by IT people. To access my computer I have to input a username and a password to log into my account. DISCLAIMER: I ...
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My ex-coworker wants to know my Bitlocker password

I worked for X company as an applications developer and one of my former coworkers (not my supervisor or an IT person) asked me for my BitLocker password. I left the company 2 weeks ago for a new job....
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Boss and/or Ranking Co-workers are regularly going through my office at night?

Is the following normal and acceptable and, if not, how should I address it? I started working at this new place a few months ago. I am on a desktop. At first, I noticed things like my computer ...
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Why is HR asking for proof of motivation for suicide?

Due to a number of deeply distressing events and generally low quality of life (unrelated to job), I recently attempted to commit suicide during work hours, in my workplace. If you're curious about ...
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Do companies spy on employees using recruiting services? [closed]

The company I work for was recently acquired which has caused some uncertainty regarding my continued employment. To cover my bases I started looking at potential opportunities. This included ...
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Privacy in bathroom at work

I have an issue with the privacy in our bathroom at work. The bathrooms at my company have really big windows and go down to the waist when you sit on the toilet. The problem is that these windows ...
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Is it beneficial to include address in resume? [duplicate]

I have been including my mailing address (which is where I live) in my resume. I got a response from a job I applied for saying that they won't consider me. This was because in their experience people ...
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Request to send personal information to Google

Well, my company is asking for very personal information to be filled in Google forms, to update the collaborators personal data. Things like Social Security number, Address, Citizen's number, and so ...
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My employer has accessed my emails and Google account [duplicate]

My owner has recently accessed my personal email and was showing as an active device to that email on my google account. He recently changed my recovery email to his own on two of the work email ...
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Why job applications require lots of personal info and is there anything to do about it?

I've been applying for jobs and am surprised so many require so much personal information. For example on the initial job application they ask you for obvious ones such as your full name, email and ...
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Can employers and background check companies find out if you claimed unemployment benefit / insurance?

This didn't happen to me, but a friend, but I'm curious myself. Note this is US-specific, as I understand unemployment insurance works differently in the US compared to other countries. My and my ...