Employers who request an employee's or job applicant's
Facebook password continue to face pushback in legislatures across the country.
As I posted last week, several states have introduced
bills that would prohibit this type of coerced Facebook access. These
states are following Maryland's example--Maryland
was the first (and only, at the moment), to pass this type of law.
Senators were the first on the bandwagon, though, but their bill was
unsuccessful. But a new version of the bill made its way back to the House of
Representatives on Friday, courtesy of New York congressman Eliot Engel (D).
The bill, Social Networking Online Protection Act
(SNOPA), which is cosponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), would restrict
current or potential employers "from requiring a username, password or
other access to online content," reports ZDNet.com.
Specifically, the bill would prevent employers from seeking access to social
networking sites "to discipline, discriminate or deny employment to
individuals, nor punish them for refusing to volunteer the information."
SNOPA, like some of its state-law counterparts, would
extend to colleges, universities and K-12 schools.
Stay tuned as this rapidly changing area of the law
continues to develop.
Who Demand Facebook Passwords from Employees. Oy Vey.
Law Makes It Unlawful to Request Facebook Passwords from Job Applicants
California Law Moves Closer to Prohibiting Employers From Requesting Facebook
Passwords From Applicants
Cyberscreening by Employers Be Legislated?
of Employers' Demands for Employees' Facebook Passwords
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from Margaret (Molly) DiBianca in the Delaware Employment Law Blog.
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