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« on: September 01, 2011, 09:05:33 AM »

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http://www.kvue.com/news/128874598.html
Fake Facebookers beware: New law makes 'spoofing' a crime
September 1, 2011

Before you log onto Facebook today, keep in mind that you better be yourself. Really.

A new law that went into effect Thursday means it could be considered illegal to have a phony page.

Lawmakers decided last session that making a fake profile page on Myspace or Facebook could cost you.

Also, posing online as someone you are not and then sending an email to a victim is a crime.

House Bill 1666, which Gov. Perry signed into law, expands the current statutes by making spoofing a state crime on all websites, not just popular social networking sites.
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2011, 09:35:23 AM »

So would creating a page on Facebook called Klaasend ScaredMonkeys be illegal?  Throw me in jail now I guess. 
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011, 09:37:08 AM »

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/hundreds-of-new-state-laws-take-effect-today-1809115.html
Hundreds of new state laws take effect today
September 1, 2011

Hundreds of new state laws take effect today, and they touch Texans' lives at every stage, from birth (newborn screenings) to death (protests at funerals), and even beyond (paperwork required to transport body parts in Texas.)

State senators and representatives passed more than 1,350 pieces of legislation during their regular session that ended in May.

About half the bills took effect immediately, and most of the rest 673 to be exact kick in today.
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Internet dating: Requires online dating services to disclose whether criminal history background screenings have been performed on their members. SB 488 also requires online dating services to publish a list and description of their safety measures.
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Funerals: HB 718 addresses protests at funerals, which have been targeted in recent years by anti-war protesters. The new law prohibits demonstrations during funerals and three hours before and three hours after the service. Under previous law, demonstrations were banned one hour before and after a service.

Body parts: SB 187 requires more stringent chain-of-custody documentation for the transportation of bodies and body parts. The law was prompted by a 2007 incident in which a truck full of embalmed human heads used for medical training was found on a Texas highway without documentation.

For a full list of news laws, visit Texas Legislature Online at www.capitol.state.tx.us/Reports/General.aspx.
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2011, 09:38:47 AM »

So would creating a page on Facebook called Klaasend ScaredMonkeys be illegal?  Throw me in jail now I guess. 

 
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