The use of facial-recognition technology is a contentious one, both on Facebook and overall, and the social network is one of several companies that will assist the Department of Commerce in crafting a voluntary code for its use.
American Civil Liberties Union
Facebook Signs Letter Seeking More Transparency From Federal Government On National Security Data Requests
Facebook was among the more than 60 companies, investors, civil-liberties groups, and trade groups to sign a letter to top federal government officials requesting the ability to disclose more information about data requests related to national security, Time reported, as fallout from the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative continues.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that bans employers from demanding that employees or job candidates surrender their passwords to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, as well as from requiring employees to add managers as friends or contacts, AP reported.
Proposed Amendment To Password Protection Act Would Allow Employers To Demand Facebook Passwords During Company Investigations
The Password Protection Act of 2012 — which was introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives last May, but not acted upon and sent to committee — was the subject of an amendment at the House Labor Committee that would make an exception to the prohibition of employers requesting the Facebook passwords of employees or applicants in the event of company investigations.
The question of whether registered sex offenders should be allowed to use Facebook and other social networks found its way into a courtroom again Thursday, this time in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, where Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said she would rule within one month on whether an Indiana law banning the practice is constitutional.
If a certain federal agency has its way, three letters may be infiltrating Facebook in the near future, and they’re not “LOL.”
A female student in the Minnewaska school district in Minnesota who has a Facebook page despite being one year under the social network’s age limit was hauled into a meeting with a school counselor and a deputy sheriff and pressured into surrendering her passwords for Facebook and email.