How many things did you reveal about yourself online today? Your opinion of a colleague? Your credit card number? Your photos from last night? These activities are all common ones, but where does the information we post—even on what seem to be the most private or friendly of forums—truly go?
In the wake of President Obama’s proposal for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights for the Digital Age, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law presented a national conference on Internet Privacy, Social Networks and Data Aggregation.The audience heard from leaders in the field who discussed how social networks blur the lines between socializing and advertising, how data is collected and used, what legal remedies have been most effective and what the future holds for consumers, companies and the courts.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn came to IIT’s Main Campus on Wednesday, August 1 to sign House Bill 3782, which makes it illegal for employers to request an employee or potential employee’s social media account information, a recent trend among some employers. Illinois is the second state to enact such a law.
Quinn was introduced by IIT Chicago-Kent 2nd year student Helen Kim, who is working on issues involving the social and legal impacts of social networks.