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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Am I being unreasonable in not wanting meetings to be recorded?

There are some colleagues of mine who really love the idea of meetings being recorded, especially if they are out on vacation. I, on the other hand, feel incredibly uncomfortable in a recorded meeting;...
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Employer asking us to provide SSN to a military customer [closed]

I work for a local trucking company. We deliver to many job sites in all places for our customers who are running them. Today two drivers went to military base. Typically one provides their birth ...
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Employer wants to film me for website videos

(UK based) My employer wants to interview myself and a bunch of my colleagues for a very lengthy corporate video to go on the website. It is quite a big name and there would be a lot of traffic from ...
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Is my current employee allowed to work privately with ex customer?

I have a disability support business. One employee was working with a client of ours. This client no longer wanted services from the business, but wanted to hire my employee privately to continue ...
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How do I handle/confront an employee who is cheating in an Office competition?

I was recently promoted to a middle management position at my office where I have about a half floor of employees working under me. As part of a company health initiative, I decided to co-host a month-...
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Client cross checking security clearance application against name on billing

Ontario Canada, engineering company. Recently I started work on a new project for a long-term client of the company. I have worked numerous projects for this client in the past. I get an email from a ...
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Employment agency Manager asking for my passwords for all programs

Can my manager ask for my passwords? I’ve been working for an employment agency (privately owned) for 2 weeks as a Recruiter Account Manager. I received an email from my manager, asking me to email ...
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What to do when company insists they need personal information they don't, like SIN for a contractor?

Sometimes I do very short term work as a contractor (like one or two days). Sometimes companies insist I use their template for filling out my invoice. Some insist they need my SIN (SIN is Canada's ...
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Should I censor out my personal information from screen shots?

I am updating the docs for a system. They will be client facing. Part of the task involves taking screen shots of myself using the system. Sometimes my full name and company email address are in the ...
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Can my boss pretend to be me to access work computer and private messages? [closed]

I’m new here! This is related to UK ICO/Employment Law. I am office based. A complaint was made by a colleague in another department about their team mate (they suspected that our work msg service (...
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Can I rely on promises that a management coach will not share private information I provide?

Shortly after promoting me into a managerial position my boss hired a management coach - not just for me but also some of my colleagues who were also promoted. We were assured the management coach was ...
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Unintentionally on camera in a recorded meeting - want to be edited out [closed]

I attended a company Teams meeting for training that was being recorded and after a few minutes accidentally turned on my camera and was unaware. Needless to say, it's unflattering! I looked rather ...
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Can my email recipient see all previous emails in the thread if they were not initially included, or do they just see what they're included in?

Background: My recruiter forwarded me his email thread with a prospective employer. Question: Can everyone that was a part of this thread from the onset be able to see my correspondence with the ...
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How can I best refuse to be put on the list of employees on my company's website?

I work for a small company (in Europe) with 150 employees and on their website they have a list of employees with names, photos and positions. I'm currently not there but have been asked to provide a ...
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Installing organization's app on your phone with "always on location" and tracking permissions

I work at a small start up. At times I am asked to download their mobile app for testing purposes. The end users of this app usually are delivery / riders who use it for pickup and drop up purposes. ...
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May a company look at the local drives and folders of the employees? [closed]

Some company policies include the possibility to monitor their Technology for security purposes when employees utilize it, including monitoring software to scan and review Company material stored, ...
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Optional survey asking very personal questions. When are the dangers of answering?

I'm part of a union that has sent out an optional survey to it's members. Some of the questions are intensely personal: what is your gender identity? what is your sexual orientation? what is ...
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Accidentally saw a private photo of my boss on the workplace file storage

Today at work, I stumbled upon a collection of private photos taken by my two bosses (they are a married couple, and own the business). The photos in question are of a lewd nature of one of them. They ...
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Do I have right to unlock payslip and send to new company HR

I am currently working and looking for job change. I need to provide/upload last three months payslips to my new (next) company HR after completing interview process. I am from India. I am changing my ...
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Caught someone's salary receipt open in its respective personal webmail in someone else's computer. What to do?

I just stumbled into something that is both bizarre and confusing, and I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. I'm an IT technician. I sat down on employee Alex*'s desk, after hours, responding to a ...
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How do you balance the need for discretion with the need for public reassurances?

Let's say one employee was publicly harassing another employee. In theory, a manager would talk to each of them and get to the bottom of the issue. It's hard to imagine a scenario where an employee ...
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Employer demanding "virtual police lineup" to identify employees who leaked salary info [closed]

I work with a team of engineers (remotely) in California (USA), and Quebec (Canada). Some people applied for various jobs at our company under false pretenses, i.e.: Attended the remote interviews. ...
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How are employers monitoring computer usage? [closed]

Every time I log into my computer I get a message that all my usage "is monitored" and when I signed my contract it stated that everything I do on the computer belongs to the company. ...
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Can an EU employer share that I've applied for a position with someone?

I have applied to a company in the EU. The person handling this process is in touch with someone (say, a campus ambassador) in my university (to advertise this opportunity in our university; there are ...
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How to know if a company is legitimate?

I recently received an invitation for a technical interview as a web developer. (I have no previous practical experience. I am self-taught, and decided to change fields. This was after doing a ...
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What steps must an employer take to keep health information confidential? [closed]

What steps must an employer take to keep health information confidential? This question is mainly legal but for a few reason I thought this site would be better than law.stackexchange.com Where I work ...
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What rights do I have in regards to workforce management apps?

Can I declare I won't be using their app; what rights do I have? I am very thorough with my privacy and security and do not answer emails, calls, texts etc outside my contracted hours. However, the ...
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CEO names COVID-19 affected employee to whole firm [closed]

I work in a French company with ~100 employees. I tested positive for Covid-19, then immediately contacted my N+1 (= direct supervisor) to list the 2 people I have been in contact with at work, with ...
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Employer planning on making a change that I'm prepared to quit over. How should I tell manager?

Where I work they suddenly decided to get a finger print scanner. This would be used to clock employees in and out, and for breaks. I'm not comfortable with this mainly for a privacy reason, but also ...
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Is forwarding an email informing people that I'm quitting my job for health reasons to a former employee a privacy breach?

I recently decided to leave my job due to health reasons. Management sent out an email informing staff. A current employee screenshot the email and sent it to someone who no longer works for the ...
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Do GDPR/Data Protection regulations conflict with "No Privacy At Work"?

For countries in the UK or EU where there are data protection laws and regulations where the subject whose data is being collected has a legal right to be informed about what/why and and give consent ...
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Employee Test Result Failure Revealed

I recently (and embarrasingly) failed an email phishing test at work when I should have known better. At the time I was distracted and not paying attention properly and it caught me out, which proves ...
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Boss often wants me to screen share (and record) from my personal computer

To make a long story short, I work from home using my personal computer. I was supposed to be supplied with one from the company but it keeps getting delayed (apparently it's coming from HQ which is ...
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Employer asking for salary slips after signing the contract

I have question regarding the current salary slips providing to my new employer. I tried to search for similar issue but they were either before getting an offer or before signing the contract. I am ...
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How do companies know so much personal information about you?

I had applied to work at a grocery store. Part of the online hiring process was to fill out some questions that prove I am who I claim I am. I guess this was an alternative to showing someone your ID. ...
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Can my boss discuss my on going lawsuit with other employees without my knowledge? [closed]

I was hurt awhile back and I'm going through a lawsuit with this company. Without my knowledge my boss asked another employee if I was doing anything that I wasn't supposed to and began to tell the ...
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How to ensure privacy of job change?

In my current employer recruitment looks like this: team members go to interview with candidate. Later team talks about who that was (name), where it works now, who maybe worked there previously, how ...
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Company director looking at my screen, made negative remark about my performance; how can I handle this?

My desk is right in front of a meeting room with a big glass partition and everybody can see my screen (two screens). Occasionally I check the news or property websites or have some music in the ...
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A New Hire for a Company that I used to work for is being given the exact image of my computer

I just started a new job and have recently gotten wind that at my last job, the person that was hired to assume my responsibilities is being given the exact computer image of the laptop that I used on ...
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Is it legal for my employer (UK) to ask personal questions?

My employer in the United Kingdom has been requested by a third party (whom we, the company, work for) that all employees complete a security related interview involving personal questions such as if ...
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My company sends extremely sensitive data to a contractor in China, but says it doesn't. Should I do anything?

I work as a developer in a midsized startup that has around 200 people and ~50k customers. Our privacy policy says we don't share customer data with any third party, except that we certainly do - we ...
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Discovered that my new job has cameras in the restrooms

Location is Washington state, USA. I've been at this company for less than a week and I hardly know everyone yet. I had to go to IT today to get some stuff set up and the sysadmin had all the ...
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Colleague used admin access to view my private employee order

A colleague of mine in a different department is a developer for an internal, employee-only discounted retail site within our company. Today, I made a rather large purchase on that site before heading ...
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Employer requesting GitHub public key [closed]

I got a new job, they use GitHub for version control. Great I figured, just like every place I've worked at before them, except not. They told me in an email that they need my public key so I could ...
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Recruiter not disclosing where he got my phone number and resume from

Background Normally when I am open for changes in my career I update my CV on some carrier or professional networking portals like LinkedIn, Indeed.com etc. If something interesting comes up through ...
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Background check that respects a candidate's privacy

I was asked to authorize a background check. The company performing the check is called GoodHire. Their authorization letter was fairly innocuous. It stated the candidate authorized the check. When I ...
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Remove all personal data from workplace computers

I have given my notice at a small software development firm. I still have a couple of weeks so I am transferring my knowledge to a colleague. A couple of days ago, I have realized that I am not ...
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Employer wants to use my work email account after I quit, is this legal under German law? Is this a GDPR waiver?

Background info: I am leaving my current job in the next couple of weeks. (If you want to know why just check my other questions.) Germany, Junior Developer Yesterday I got a list of all the things I ...
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Company failed to take data breach seriously

A few months back, I was working with someone in Payroll to resolve some paycheck errors that occurred when my employer switched to a new payroll system. As it turns out, hundreds of employees were ...
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How to ensure ethical use of my work

I work at a college as web-dev contractor, however most of my work is on private servers because head of the lab wants to avoid bureaucracy. I'm very privacy-conscious and I would like everything that ...
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