Maryland and Illinois Introduce Bills to Limit Employer Access to Employees’ Social Networking Accounts
Laura Brookover writes:
Lawmakers in Maryland and Illinois have introduced bills that would prohibit employers from requiring job applicants or employees to grant access to their social networking accounts. The bills arose from reports that employers have impliedly or explicitly required access to social networking accounts as a condition of hiring or employment.
A few bills have been proposed in Maryland that would protect the privacy of individuals’ social networking accounts. Bills in the House and Senate have been introduced that would restrict all employers’ access to employee and job applicant accounts. Two separate bills have also been introduced that would prevent university officials from accessing student accounts.
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