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Ohio joins the fray on employers asking for social media passwords

It was only a matter of time before Ohio joined the list of states to introduce legislation that would prohibit employers from asking for social media passwords. Senate Bill 351 , introduced late last week, would amend Ohio's employment discrimination statue to make it an "unlawful discriminatory...

Social Media Password Privacy in Michigan

Effective January 1, 2013, the Internet Privacy Protection Act went into effect. The law prohibits employers from requiring employees or applicants to grant access to; to allow observation of; or to disclose information that allows access to personal internet accounts. The law does not prevent an...

Are Employers Really Asking for Social Media Logins and Passwords? [Survey]

Last month, I discussed the recently introduced Ohio Senate Bill 45 , which would prohibit employers "from requiring an applicant or employee to provide access to private electronic accounts of the applicant or employee." As I've earlier noted, this bill has many problems . One of its...

Congress Blocks Proposed Ban on Requests for Employee Social Media Passwords

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act , better known as CISPA. CISPA provides for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, and for other...

New Law Makes Personal Social Media Accounts Off-Limits for Oregon Employers

Under current law, an Oregon employer may require employees and applicants to provide access to their personal social media accounts, but that is likely to change very soon. On May 16, 2013, Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2654 ("HB 2654"), which would make it an unlawful employment...

More States Bar the Boss from Workers' Social Media Sites

by Rich Ehisen Amidst concern over employee privacy rights, a growing number of states have restricted the access of employers to their workers' and job applicants' social media accounts. As of May 22, six states this year have adopted such laws. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) and...

Majority of States Considering Social Media Legislation

Thirty-five states have introduced legislation this year to prohibit businesses from requesting access to the social media accounts of current or prospective employees, or to bar public colleges and universities from requesting such access from students, according to State Net analysts. Seven of...