New California, Illinois Laws Seek To Protect Social Media Account Privacy

New laws in the states of California and Illinois beef up protection of privacy for social media accounts.
The new laws come in the wake of a new law signed in Michigan that also intend to keep access to social media accounts only to their owners.
In California, two laws will take effect tomorrow that prevent companies and schools from requiring social media account access information such as usernames and passwords from their applicants, employees and students.
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New Michigan Law Keeps Students’, Employees’ Social Media Accounts Private

Michigan has a new law that bans employers and schools requiring the passwords to social media accounts owned by potential employees, workers and students.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law House Bill 5523 penned by Representative Aric Nesbitt and is now Public Act 478 of 2012.
“Cyber security is important to the reinvention of Michigan, and protecting the private internet accounts of residents is a part of that,” the governor said.
“Potential employees and students should be …

Judge Posner Says Congress Should Look At ‘Excessive’ Copyright, Software Patents Protections

Judge Richard Posner is calling on the US Congress to solve what he said are problems of the copyright and patent law of the country.
In a post on a blog he shares with Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker, the judge identified what he sees are the main problems of the US copyright and patent law.
One of these is what he said is an “excessive” amount of protection of patents and copyrights, specifically with the tech industry.

The tech industry, the judge said, is nothing at all like the …

German law to fine 50 thousand euro for using the Like button on websites

The button “Like”, allowing Facebook users to share content without having to go to their social network account, violates German law,  reports The Local, quoting Thilo Weichert, Head of Independent Center for Privacy Protection.
Weichert said that when a site contains the button “Like”, data about its visitors, their browsing and duration of sessions are transferred to servers in the U.S., even if the visitor is not logged into the social networking site Facebook. This is …

New Japanese Law Means Imprisonment, Fines for Computer Virus-Makers

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A new law has been enacted by the Japanese parliament which aims to curb the creation of computer viruses by the citizens of the country by prescribing a punishment of imprisonment and being levied a fine if found guilty.
According to several reports, the law says that anyone found to be guilty of making or knowingly spreading a computer virus will face fines up to 500,000 yen (about …