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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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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Is it necessary to put my full name on my Linkedin profile?

I want to create a Linkedin profile but I don't like to share my personal and anagraphic data publicly: as far as I know Linkedin shares generic personal info (i.e. profile picture, full name and city)...
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How to be diplomatic in refusing to write code that breaches the privacy of our users

I am a team lead in a company located in Manila, and I am currently writing an app that has a seriously questionable feature request for its Android users -- which is to secretly record its ...
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My potential new manager is asking sensitive information from my references [closed]

I'm applying for a job in Marketing in England. My potential new manager asked my age on the phone interview. I let it go as he is not originally from here. But it got to a point where he is now ...
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How much can a health care professional tell a friend about their day, considering HIPAA limitations? [closed]

I have a friend who's a programmer. When they have a s^1*ty day, they can choose to whine to me about it. What this user said, what this project manager did, this code a previous programmer wrote ...
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Is reasonable right to privacy interpreted solely by policy, or are there limits within UK Law as to what is permitted? [closed]

We have a Data Protection Officer who is quite senior; and should, on paper, know the intricacies of EU/UK Data Law. However, they often make questionable choices that are challenged by other ...
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Agency wants me to create online account with (intrusive) platform [closed]

I do promotional work through agencies that get various contracts. Some agencies have started using an online platform which I have a problem with. In order to register for an account, lots of ...
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Did my previous employer breach my privacy?

I work in property law I was signed off sick from my previous email employer (***** Solicitors) for a fortnight until 13th July 2018. Prior to this I had handed in my notice which came with a three ...
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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 ...