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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?

As an IT support person, you are only authorized to do what is needed to resolve the users' IT issues. In this case, the user wants his disk replaced without losing his data. Hence, you only need to ...
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How to be diplomatic in refusing to write code that breaches the privacy of our users

This of course could place the company under serious fire for invading users' privacy when we get found out. In fact, as far as my country's laws go, it not only illegal, it is unconstitutional. ...
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How do I avoid giving up my password to coworkers?

Do not give anybody your password. If they lack the resources to do their work then they have to take this up with their superiors. The problem is not primarily your privacy (although this surely is ...
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Am I obligated to share tools I built with my employer?

If you built these tools at the office, and against existing corporate systems, then they belong to the company. Accept that. You are worried about getting "credit," which tells me you're part of ...
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Boss often wants me to screen share (and record) from my personal computer

Just a really low tech solution that's probably easier than a VM. You should: Use a second account for your PC where you do work stuff, and only work stuff. While he may be able to see some of the ...
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Can my boss open and use my computer when I'm not present?

He should have access to the computer, but not the accounts. From your description, he specifically wants access to the accounts to act in your name. This should violate your IT department's ...
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Installing organization's app on your phone with "always on location" and tracking permissions

Ask for a company phone to use for testing purposes. If you're going to be testing an in-development app on a phone, it probably shouldn't be your own personal device. After all, if a bug bricks your ...
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How to be diplomatic in refusing to write code that breaches the privacy of our users

Since your boss doesn't care that this is incredibly invasive, warn him that starting on Android Q, to be released later this year, Android will (finally) block apps from recording video and sound ...
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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?

Would it be ethical for me to read the document in my name? I understand it'd generally be considered an integrity violation to read the emails and other documents of others. That's not what I'...
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When is it acceptable to share personal information I have about a coworker who disappeared?

You should not share this with people because A) you can't be sure it's her and B) you can't be sure if she wants you to share this with the company. What you can do, is contact her over this service ...
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How to be diplomatic in refusing to write code that breaches the privacy of our users

Document everything, starting now. You will likely need it. Do not start building this feature. Do not prioritize it, do not write tickets for it, do not task your team with anything to do with it. ...
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Accidentally saw a private photo of my boss on the workplace file storage

I have run into exactly this issue where I came across some personal files that a coworker had accidentally (I assume) copied to a public folder. I sent my coworker an email and let them know the ...
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Colleague used admin access to view my private employee order

I'm going to go against the grain here. I'm probably wrong based on all the other answers and I'm looking forward to learning something from your comments. I'm also in the USA. I think this is no ...
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Employer planning on making a change that I'm prepared to quit over. How should I tell manager?

Should I tell him I'll quit or just do it without giving an explanation? Don't bother. Threatening to quit is extremely unlikely to cause the company to abandon the fingerprint scanner. And you were ...
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Employer planning on making a change that I'm prepared to quit over. How should I tell manager?

For your case, don't bother. Better to leave on good terms and get a reference. It sounds like it's not a good place to work, and you're better off finding a better job. As an aside: Nighfillers at a ...
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Caught someone's salary receipt open in its respective personal webmail in someone else's computer. What to do?

The computer was left on, with the user logged in and unlocked. This is what makes it your business. Regardless of whether A hacked B’s email or B sat down and did something logged in as A, it is a ...
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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'd like to give an alternative answer, because it's the first thing that popped into my head when I read the post: Was the document on the desktop of the computer? Or otherwise in some place you ...
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Our product is ruining users privacy, without telling them

If you don't agree with what the company is doing ethically, then you should probably quit asap. If you think they are doing something illegal or in breach of regulations, then you may want to ...
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How do I avoid giving up my password to coworkers?

Can I refuse to give them my password? Given that this is Germany, I would be very surprised if you wouldn't be required to refuse. Every single German working contract I have seen contained a ...
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My ex-coworker wants to know my Bitlocker password

I cleaned my computer, but I didn't clean my network folder Is this coworker out of place asking for that information? They are not out of line for needing to access whatever was left in your ...
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Employer wants to film me for website videos

In order to evade the potential legal complications, I believe a more pertinent question would be: "How can I avoid participating in the interviews without damaging my relationship with my ...
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Our product is ruining users privacy, without telling them

What I do in such situations. (had a situation where my employer did not want to buy some licenses of software we used commercially) Step one: Make sure I get my facts straight and have evidence of ...
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Can my boss open and use my computer when I'm not present?

Check your IT policy, most places have a rule that this is not ok, ever. Two things to think about: if you were discussing a complaint about your boss with HR, they would be able to find out. if ...
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Is a client identifying my device (which caused high network traffic) possibly in violation of privacy regulations?

I don't see any issues here - the network admins have discovered a risk (high bandwidth usage), identified who it belongs to (easy if the computer name gives it away), or alternatively have identified ...
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Discovered that my new job has cameras in the restrooms

They're on the ceiling overlooking the stalls so you can see into them. So they're overlooking the stalls even when the stalls are closed? The law in Washington seems pretty clear-cut to me. ...
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Privacy in bathroom at work

We just got a survey about the noise level at work and there is also the question if we have any other problems at work and I would like to post it there. Do you think this would be the right ...
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How to discipline a subordinate without involving HR or our Manager?

You are the project manager. If your only way to keep your project on schedule is to play the childish game of confiscating something like car keys then you've got bigger problems than someone going ...
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When is it acceptable to share personal information I have about a coworker who disappeared?

Your answer lies here in your question: The main supervisor has expressed he's worried something is wrong with her and is now trying to find her contact details though administration. Let the ...
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