995.55(4) (4)Restrictions on landlord access to personal Internet accounts.
995.55(4)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), no landlord may do any of the following:
995.55(4)(a)1. 1. Request or require a tenant or prospective tenant, as a condition of tenancy, to disclose access information for the personal Internet account of the tenant or prospective tenant or to otherwise grant access to or allow observation of that account.
995.55(4)(a)2. 2. Discriminate in a manner described in s. 106.50 (2) against a tenant or prospective tenant for exercising the right under subd. 1. to refuse to disclose access information for, grant access to, or allow observation of the personal Internet account of the tenant or prospective tenant, opposing a practice prohibited under subd. 1., filing a complaint or attempting to enforce any right under subd. 1., or testifying or assisting in any action or proceeding to enforce any right under subd. 1.
995.55(4)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) does not prohibit a landlord from viewing, accessing, or using information about a tenant or prospective tenant that can be obtained without access information or that is available in the public domain.
995.55(5) (5)No duty to monitor.
995.55(5)(a)(a) Nothing in this section creates a duty for an employer, educational institution, or landlord to search or monitor the activity of any personal Internet account.
995.55(5)(b) (b) An employer, educational institution, or landlord is not liable under this section for any failure to request or require that an employee, applicant for employment, student, prospective student, tenant, or prospective tenant grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to or observation of a personal Internet account of the employee, applicant for employment, student, prospective student, tenant, or prospective tenant.
995.55(6) (6)Enforcement.
995.55(6)(a)(a) Any person who violates sub. (2) (a), (3) (a), or (4) (a) may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
995.55(6)(b) (b) An employee who is discharged or otherwise discriminated against in violation of sub. (2) (a) 2., an applicant for employment who is not hired in violation of sub. (2) (a) 3., a student who is expelled, suspended, disciplined, or otherwise penalized in violation of sub. (3) (a) 2., or a prospective student who is not admitted in violation of sub. (3) (a) 3., may file a complaint with the department of workforce development, and that department shall process the complaint in the same manner as employment discrimination complaints are processed under s. 111.39. If the department of workforce development finds that a violation of sub. (2) (a) 2. or 3. or (3) (a) 2. or 3. has been committed, that department may order the employer or educational institution to take such action authorized under s. 111.39 as will remedy the violation. Section 111.322 (2m) applies to a discharge or other discriminatory act arising in connection with any proceeding under this paragraph.
995.55(6)(c) (c) A tenant or prospective tenant who is discriminated against in violation of sub. (4) (a) 2. may file a complaint with the department of workforce development, and that department shall process the complaint in the same manner as housing discrimination complaints are processed under s. 106.50. If the department of workforce development finds that a violation of sub. (4) (a) 2. has been committed, that department may order the landlord to take such action authorized under s. 106.50 as will remedy the violation.
995.55 History History: 2013 a. 208.
995.55 Annotation Social Media: Locking the Door to Private Information. Dill. Wis. Law. July/Aug. 2014.
995.67 995.67 Domestic abuse services; prohibited disclosures.
995.67(1)(1) In this section:
995.67(1)(a) (a) “Domestic abuse" has the meaning given in s. 49.165 (1) (a).
995.67(1)(b) (b) “Domestic abuse services organization" means a nonprofit organization or a public agency that provides any of the following services for victims of domestic abuse:
995.67(1)(b)1. 1. Shelter facilities or private home shelter care.
995.67(1)(b)2. 2. Advocacy and counseling.
995.67(1)(b)3. 3. A 24-hour telephone service.
995.67(1)(c) (c) “Service recipient" means any person who receives or has received domestic abuse services from a domestic abuse services organization.
995.67(2) (2)
995.67(2)(a)(a) No employee or agent of a domestic abuse services organization who provides domestic abuse services to a service recipient may intentionally disclose to any person the location of any of the following persons without the informed, written consent of the service recipient:
995.67(2)(a)1. 1. The service recipient.
995.67(2)(a)2. 2. Any minor child of the service recipient.
995.67(2)(a)3. 3. Any minor child in the care or custody of the service recipient.
995.67(2)(a)4. 4. Any minor child who accompanies the service recipient when the service recipient receives domestic abuse services.
995.67(2)(b) (b) Any person who violates this subsection may be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 30 days or both.
995.67 History History: 1991 a. 228; 2005 a. 155 s. 61; Stats. 2005 s. 995.67; 2007 a. 20.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 58 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before September 20, 2017. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after September 20, 2017 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-20-17)