Rhode Island Enacts Social Media Law

Rhode Island’s 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy acts (2014-S 2095Aaa and 2014-H 7124Aaa) bar employers from demanding social media-related materials of job applicants, and establish similar prohibitions for colleges as they consider prospective students. The law also includes a Student Data-Cloud Computing act, providing that any cloud computing service to an educational institution may not process any student data for any commercial purpose, such as advertising that benefits the cloud computing service provider.

For more information, see the press release from the State of Rhode Island General Assembly.


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