Using the name or persona of another person on a social networking site, without the person’s consent, would be a third-degree felony under a bill awaiting Gov. Rick Perry’s signature. H.B. 2003, authored by state Rep. Brian McCall, R-Plano, also would make it a Class A misdemeanor to use another person’s identifying information to send an e-mail, text message or similar communication without the person’s consent and with the intent of harming the person. H.B. 2003’s prohibition against online harassment sounds like a good idea. But is the bill enforceable? What happens if the person who uses someone else’s name on a site such as Facebook lives in another state or another country?
-- Mary Alice Robbins