The government has been working hard to protect online privacy this week. On the regulation side, yesterday the Illinois governor signed the "Facebook Law," making Illinois the second state to statutorily prohibit employers from compelling employees or applicants to disclose their social media passwords. Additionally, the FTC is working to increase online security for minors by proposing new data-protection rules.
Enforcement efforts are also being stepped up, with prosecutors around the country making examples of internet-using lawbreakers. In Texas, two teenagers are facing felony online impersonation charges for creating a fake Facebook page in a classmate's name. Two online poker sites are paying millions to settle bank fraud and money laundering charges, and a Kent State student was charged with inducing a panic and aggrevated menacing after he allegedly threatened the university and its president via Twitter.
Technology and the Workplace
IL Governor Signs "Facebook Law" Prohibiting Employers From Forcing Passwords (Chicago Tribune)