Monday, April 22, 2013
UPDATE - Reporter McGaughy informs me that the part making this a CRIME has been taken out. It would still be prohibited .
Its always interesting to see what new proposed laws seem to catch steam in various State legislatures around the country. No doubt this year that includes new proposed laws that prohibit employers ,public universities and others from violating internet privacy. In the last couple of weeks alone we have seen this in both Arkansas and Utah.
These laws affect many people and very much so the College Athlete . In fact a whole cottage industry has grown up to help Universities monitor what their athletes and some of the well troublesome things they might say on a variety of social media.
The problem is that sometimes the way this is done becomes down right invasive . Deadspin looked at this issue and a good bit of that article looked at LSU policy and what it demands of their athletes as to their various social media accounts. See Don't Say "Colt 45" Or "Pearl Necklace": How To Avoid Being Busted By The Facebook Cops Of College Sports.
Also see page 7 & 8 of the LSU Student Athlete handbook
Well that very well might change because of the Louisiana Legislature. See Social media, email privacy bill sails through House committee .
Its pretty clear from the bill language ( see section 1954 ) that little app is going to have to be gone with the wind in the future if this bill passes because violation of such will be a misdemeanor a with a fine up to one thousand dollars.