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Starting Line: Should employees be forced to turn over social media passwords?

published 2/18/2013
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Should employees have to turn over their social media passwords?

As the use of social media grows, the privacy of its users is becoming an increasingly important issue. Legislatures have taken steps to safeguard their residents from having unwanted information become public.  In 2012, California, Illinois, Maryland and Michigan enacted legislation that prohibits an employer from requesting or requiring an employee to disclose a user name or password for a personal social media account.

Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) sponsors legislation that would prevent employees from having to provide their social media passwords to employers as a condition of employment.  We sat down to talk to the representative about why she is sponsoring this legislation in this week’s Starting Line.

- HPIS Staff


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