Interesting Semi-Current Event – Laws Against Employers Asking for YOUR Social Media Passwords

ImageIn 2010, Robert Collins interviewed for a position with Maryland Department of Corrections.  Durring his interview, the employers demanded access to his Facebook account and searched through his messages and photos.  Well, as predicted, Collins felt as though his privacy had been invaded and contacted the American Civil Liberties Union.    After hearing Collin’s story the ACLU was fit to be tied.  Soon, several media outlets got a hold of the story, causing an influx in inspiration in state governments.

Maryland was first to pass a law protecting potential employee’s social media accounts, and since 2011, 12 states have passed laws barring employers from asking for access to your social media accounts, New Jersey being the most recent (Aug 30).

Read More! Check out these articles:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nj-gov-signs-social-media-110043510.html

http://swampland.time.com/2013/04/09/states-rush-to-ban-employers-from-asking-for-social-media-passwords/

http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2013/04/03/washington-bill-would-allow-employers-to-seek-workers-facebook-passwords/

 

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