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Social Media Password Sharing: Where's the Precedent?

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 4, 2012

In a column for The Atlantic, Megan Garber reports on recent issues raised in cases where job applicants or employees are asked to share their online passwords with employers. With initiatives to address the issue stalled in state and federal legislatures, it's the courts that may have to determine a future course, Garber writes, adding, "there's nothing on the books that stipulates, in specific terms, which privacy claims we hold on behalf of our online selves." Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that social media password sharing "could pose major legal, ethical and public relations challenges for employers." Editor's Note: The IAPP is hosting a web conference,  The Privacy Line Between Employee and Employer--Shifting Legal Boundaries, on April 12.
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