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Update on Social Media Legislation in Maine

Updating my previous post on this topic, the Judiciary Committee today reported L.D. 1194, An Act to Protect Social Media Privacy in School and the Workplace out of Committee with a recommendation that the bill be passed as...more

Social Networking Password Laws In Effect For The New Year

Two new laws governing the ability of school authorities to obtain passwords to and information from personal social networking websites of employees and students go into effect on January 1, 2014. The definition of social...more

California School District Enacts Social Media Surveillance To Counter Cyber Bullying

In response to a series of cyber bullying related teen suicides that took place in Los Angeles last year, the Southern California school district has decided to employ a social media monitoring service enabling the school to...more

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

Are E-mails Education Records Under FERPA?

If a student sends an e-mail complaining about a professor, should the professor have the right to see the name of the student that wrote the complaint? ...more

The Dust Has Settled, But the Issue Remains: How Can Employers Avoid Liability for Monitoring Their Employees’ E-mails and...

Earlier this year, a commotion was caused when it became public that Harvard University had monitored, accessed, and reviewed several Harvard deans’ e-mails as part of an internal investigation....more

Sixth Circuit Rules School’s Search Of Student Cellphone Violated Fourth Amendment

In a recent decision, the first federal appellate court to address the rights of school officials to search student cell phones held that a student’s violation of a school rule regarding technology did not justify a general...more

Time to Take Advantage of HIPAA Omnibus Rule's "Good News": Fundraising, Research, and Student Immunization Records

The Omnibus Rule went into effect on March 26, 2013. While covered entities and business associates have until Sept. 23, 2013, to comply with new restrictions and obligations, they can take advantage of the rule’s benefits...more

Be Careful When Searching Student Cell Phones, Sixth Circuit Warns

With text messages, Tweets, Facebook posts and other digital communications so prevalent in student’s lives, schools have been struggling to deal with the influx of mobile devices on campus. Last week, the Sixth U.S. Circuit...more

Harvard's Secret E-Mail Search: The Intersection of Internal Investigations and Digital Privacy

Earlier this week, Harvard University acknowledged the fact that, in the wake of last summer’s cheating scandal that rocked the campus, it had secretly searched the e-mail accounts of 16 Resident Deans. The e-mail search was...more

Will Oregon's Manufacturing Employers Be Prohibited From Demanding Social Networking Login Passwords from Job Applicants?

Senate Bill 499, introduced by three Oregon Senators on February 7, 2013, would prohibit employers and universities, both public and private, from requiring applicants to turn over passwords to their personal social...more

#Edchat Followup: Legal Issues For BYOD And 1:1 Programs In Schools

Each Tuesday the #Edchat hashtag brings together educators from across the globe to discuss education-related topics on Twitter. Last week one of the questions on #Edchat was “How do we train educators to teach in programs...more

New State Laws Prohibit Employers and Academic Institutions from Requesting Usernames and Passwords to Monitor Social Media...

An increasing number of states are passing laws that prohibit employers and academic institutions from requesting or requiring employees, job applicants, students, and prospective students to turn over their social media...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

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

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

Court Enjoins Missouri’s New “Facebook” Law Citing “Staggering” Breadth of Prohibition on Free Speech

Earlier today, the Hon. Jon E. Beetem, Circuit Court Judge, Cole County Missouri, issued a preliminary injunction temporarily halting the enforcement of Missouri’s new “Facebook” law. Describing the law as an overbroad...more

Internet Safety Program Evaluation Rubric

Internet safety refers to the various issues facing students due to the widespread use of the Internet in today’s society, and the need for common practices to keep children and all users safe. Therefore, it is...more

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