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Illinois Court Opinion Clarifies Key FOIA Provisions

Recently, the Illinois Appellate Court clarified three key provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act: the “predecisional” or “deliberative process” exemption; the exemption for unwarranted invasion of personal...more

2012-13 Education Legislation Summarized By KMTG

In order to have the new 2012-13 education legislation handy, we have combined our series on the subject into one easy to reference location. Here you will find a recap of all the legislation we summarized, along with a link...more

Texas Leg Watch 2013: Will Texas Prohibit Employers From Asking For Social Media Passwords?

Democratic Texas State Representative Helen Giddings filed a bill prohibiting employers in Texas from asking for social media passwords from applicants and current employees. Texas joins a long list of states that have...more

Legislation of Interest to Higher Education Institutions: Students

KMTG is continuing our series reviewing new legislation. Unless noted otherwise, the new laws take effect January 1, 2013. SB 1349 adds sections 99120, 99121 and 99122. Section 99120 defines “social media”. This bill...more

Michigan Becomes the Sixth State to Enact So-Called “Facebook Password” Law

As we alerted you on December 21, 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed House Bill 5523, known as the Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA). On December 28, 2012, Governor Snyder signed the IPPA, which took effect...more

Michigan’s Internet Privacy Protection Act and Its Effect on Educational Institutions

On December 13, 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed House Bill HB 5523, known as the Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA), which, if signed by Governor Rick Snyder, will become effective immediately....more

Legislative Update: New Laws Affecting School Districts and Community College Districts

KMTG will be issuing a series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown. All laws become effective January 1, 2013, unless otherwise stated. Pupil Fees—AB 1575 - AB 1575 prohibits public school...more

Extra Password Protection For Employees and College Students Thanks to AB 1844 and SB 1349

Two bills were recently chaptered the provide employees and college students protection from the prying eyes of employers and college admissions....more

New Laws Prohibit Employers And Colleges From Requesting Social Media Passwords

AB 1844 - AB 1844 adds a new provision to the Labor Code that prohibits an employer from requiring an employee or applicant for employment to (1) disclose his or her username or password for the purpose of accessing...more

Pridgen v. University of Calgary, 2012 ABCA 139

Two students found guilty of non-academic misconduct by university on account of Facebook postings derogatory towards instructor. On judicial review, university decision quashed by Alberta Court of Queen's Bench under...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds University’s Right to Discipline Student Over Cadaver-Related Facebook Posts

In the continuing saga involving the intersection of social media, university policy, and student speech rights, a public university’s right to discipline students for social media activity has been further defined and...more

Tax Day 2012: Does The Government's P.R. Campaign Increase Compliance?

More than any other area of the criminal law, enforcement of the tax laws is associated with a specific date: April 15. Over the next two weeks, accountants will be working feverishly to complete their clients’ tax returns,...more

Commission Releases Order Implementing Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act

The Commission has released the long-awaited Order1 adding statutory language from the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act (“PCCA”)2 to the existing Commission rules implementing the Children’s Internet Protection Act...more

Oh, the humanity! Stupidity rules in social media and employment

H.L. Mencken once said, "No one in this world, as far as I know . . . has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people." Being a "small d" democrat and believing that stupidity...more

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