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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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 ...
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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 ...