The Uniform Employee and Student Online Privacy Protection Act (UESOPPA) provides a model for states to adopt to enable employees and students to make choices about whether, and when, to provide employers and educational institutions access to their personal online accounts. The act prohibits employers and educational institutions from requiring employees or students to provide them with access to their accounts or to “friend” the institution. Samuel Thumma, vice chief judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 1, will tell us more about the act.
A denial-of-service attack shut down major web sites such as Netflix, Twitter, CNN and others recently by attacking a service provider for those companies. The attack took place by overloading servers via gadgets or appliances that are connected to the internet, known as the Internet of Things. Mark Pribish, vice president and ID theft practice leader for Merchants Information Solutions, a Phoenix company that is a leading provider of corporate identity theft management and data breach solutions, and Evelyn Pidgeon, the Arizona State University Information Security Program director, will talk about the cyber-attack
Never have we seen in modern history a presidential race with such a storm of hyperbole and never has it been easier to check whether any of it is true. Kendra Smith of Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute of Public Policy and Jessica Pucci of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will talk about fact-checking in the era of the internet.
A federal appeals court has ruled that the internet can be regulated like a utility, as the legal battle over the issue referred to as “net neutrality” continues. At issue is whether internet companies can provide different delivery rates for web services. Attorney James Goodnow from Fennemore Craig will talk about the ruling.
Because of the continuous growth of social and digital media, the Federal Trade Commission has updated the guidelines section of their website to address matters concerning internet advertising and marketing. It’s the first update since 2010. John Norling, an attorney from Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, will tell us more about the updated guidelines.
Governor Jan Brewer has proposed expanding the state’s internet broadband infrastructure for schools at a cost of $350 million. However, the plan is meeting some resistance from school officials because it calls for schools to pay for it. Chuck Essigs, director of governmental relations for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, will talk about the plan.
A bill (SB 1338) is moving through the Arizona State Legislature that would require Internet-based companies like Amazon.com to collect state taxes on the products it sells. Michelle Ahlmer, Executive Director of the Arizona Retailers Association, explains why her organization is supporting the bill.
Google, the internet search engine company, has announced it is searching for a site in the Valley to put an office that would employ 600 people. Learn more about the move from a Google company representative.