SENATE, No. 2103

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JUNE 25, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  JAMES BEACH

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

Senator  LINDA R. GREENSTEIN

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Directs Department of Law and Public Safety to engage in Internet privacy and social media responsibility campaign.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act directing the Department of Law and Public Safety to engage in an Internet privacy and social media responsibility campaign.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Internet Privacy and Social Media Responsibility Act.”

 

     2.    As used in P.L.    , c.    (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill):

     “Department” means the Department of Law and Public Safety;

     “Website” means the website maintained and operated by the department pursuant to section 4 of P.L.    , c.    (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).

 

     3.    The Department of Law and Public Safety shall engage in an online campaign to inform young people about the importance of maintaining one’s privacy while using the Internet, how to use social media platforms responsibly, and how to utilize the privacy settings on websites and social media platforms.  The department shall disseminate this information primarily via the Internet and through social media platforms.

 

     4.    The department shall:

     a.    Maintain and operate a website which shall provide information to the public about: (1) how to protect one’s privacy on the Internet, (2) how to use social media responsibly and protect one’s privacy while using social media, (3) the potential negative consequences of failing to protect one’s privacy on the Internet or to use social media responsibly, (4) accounts in the news media related to those negative consequences, and (5) any other topic or issue related to the Internet privacy and social media responsibility campaign;

     b.    Produce or cause to be produced instructional videos on how to use the privacy settings on popular websites and social media platforms and post those videos on the website; and

     c.    Maintain an active presence on popular social media platforms and utilize those platforms to disseminate information relating to the Internet privacy and social media responsibility campaign and to encourage young people to access the information on the website.

 

     5.    The department may partner with student organizations, State academic institutions, and local and State agencies to assist in generating content for the website or to develop and promote training programs and seminars designed to support the Internet privacy and social media responsibility campaign.

 

     6.    The department may develop an internship program to assist in creating content for the website, disseminating information through the website, or in any other manner that is relevant to the Internet privacy and social media responsibility campaign.

 

     7.    The department may request the assistance and services of employees of any other State department, board, bureau, commission, task force or agency as it may require and as may be reasonably made available to it.

 

     8.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill directs the Department of Law and Public Safety to undertake an Internet privacy and social media responsibility public education campaign.

     Under the bill, the Department of Law and Public Safety is directed to undertake an online educational campaign to inform young people about the importance of maintaining one’s privacy while using the Internet, how to use social media platforms responsibly, and how to utilize the privacy settings on websites and social media platforms.

     To accomplish these objectives, the department is directed to maintain and operate a website to provide information concerning how to protect one’s privacy on the Internet, how to use social media responsibly and protect one’s privacy while using social media, and the potential negative consequences of failing to protect one’s privacy on the Internet or to use social media responsibly.

     In addition, the department is directed also to produce, or cause to be produced, instructional videos on how to use the privacy settings on popular websites and social media platforms and to post those videos on the website.

     Further, the department is directed to maintain an active presence on popular social media platforms and to utilize those platforms to disseminate information relating to the Internet privacy and social media responsibility public education campaign authorized under this bill and to encourage young people to access the information.

     Finally, the bill authorizes the department to develop an internship program and to partner with student organizations, State academic institutions, and State and local agencies in furthering this public educational campaign.