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 those states - Arkansas, Colorado, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington - have enacted measures so far. Other social media measures are also awaiting gubernatorial action in New Jersey, Illinois and Vermont.

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