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Connections: Social Media And Privacy Protection Laws

Mar 9, 2016

Students in a South Carolina high school are petitioning for the return of a teacher who resigned after a student shared nude pictures of her on social media. The student found the unlocked phone on the teacher’s desk, scrolled through the photo gallery, and took his own picture of the nude photo. He then spread it to other students via text messages and social media platforms.

The incident raises questions about privacy laws and social media: how does the law regulate accessing the phone and sharing the images? We explore these issues and privacy protection related to social media with our guests.

  • Mike Johansson, senior lecturer of communications at RIT, and social media consultant at Fixitology
  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law

*The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative offers counseling and technical advice to revenge porn victims. The website has links to services that simplify reporting of and making requests for nonconsensual nude images to be removed from major websites/social media.