Wisconsin Enacts Internet Privacy Law

May 14, 2014
Patrick Lubenow
SmithAmundsen Milwaukee Alert



Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has just signed an internet privacy law, prohibiting almost all attempts by employers, schools and landlords to gain access to the social media of employees, students or tenants as part of necessary background investigations. The law became effective on April 10, 2014.

Here are three things you must know about this new law.

What does the new internet privacy law do?

Is all access to an employee’s, student’s or tenant’s social media prohibited?

What are the penalties for violating the new internet privacy law?

Although internet privacy laws have been enacted elsewhere, this new Wisconsin statute goes beyond what has been passed in other jurisdictions by including provisions relating to landlords and tenants.