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Privacy and Security

Privacy and Security

SOCIAL MEDIA PASSWORDS

State legislatures are considering legislation that would restrict employers from requesting access to social networking usernames and passwords of applicants, students or employees. Legislation was introduced in 36 states in 2013. Fourteen states have enacted legislation since 2012.

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SECURITY BREACH LEGISLATION

iPhones and iPads Recent high-profile security breaches are prompting states to revise existing security breach legislation. At least 17 states have introduced legislation related to notification of security breaches or data breaches this year.

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SECURE DATA DISPOSAL

old computersPersonal identifying information is often collected by businesses and government and is stored in various formats--digital and paper. At least 29 states have enacted laws that require entities to destroy, dispose, or otherwise make personal information unreadable or undecipherable.

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SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY

LegisBrief LogoLawmakers began introducing legislation in 2012 that would prohibit employers or educational institutions from requiring employees, applicants or students to turn over passwords to social media accounts. Fifteen states now have laws that attempt to balance the privacy concerns of applicants, employees and students with legitimate needs of employers or schools to evaluate candidates or protect the business or institution.

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OVERVIEW | PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Privacy issues are a growing concern of Americans, especially as the Internet and technology have made personal information more accessible and easier to collect and manipulate.  NCSL tracks Internet privacy laws related to social media, commercial websites, Internet service providers, and private employers.

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    Arrest or booking photographs obtained from law enforcement websites have been reposted on commercial websites, some of which charge a fee to have the mug shots removed from the website. Legislation is addressing this practice by prohibiting fees or regulating how these sites operate.

  • State 'Revenge Porn' Legislation

    This page provides information about state legislation relating to “revenge porn,’ the posting or publishing of nude or sexually explicit photographs or videos of individuals online without their consent, even if the photograph itself was taken with consent.

  • Social Media Privacy Laws

    Employees use social media sites and computers for work and personal reasons, during and outside of work hours. This new culture has raised questions about how to balance the privacy concerns of applicants, employees and students with legitimate needs of employers or schools to evaluate candidates and protect the business or institution.

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