Facebook Passwords to Remain Private from Employers Under Senate Passed Bill

By: Brian Shields - Thu, 10 May 2012 17:05:38 -0800

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Assembly has unanimously approved a bill that would prevent employers from asking job applicants for their social media passwords.

      AB1844 would ban employers from requiring current or prospective employees to disclose their user names or passwords for sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

      The bill passed 69-0 Thursday and moves to the Senate.

      Democratic Assemblywoman Nora Campos of San Jose, the bill's author, says there are too few social media privacy laws to protect employees. She cited recent reports that employers are using social media to obtain answers to questions they cannot legally ask on job applications.

      Several other states are considering similar bans, including Washington, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. Two U.S. senators have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review whether such requests are legal.

      
      (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
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