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Maryland First State To Ban Employers From Requesting Passwords

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

April 10, 2012

Maryland became the first state in the U.S. to ban employers from asking employees and job applicants for their social media account passwords, The Hill reports. The legislation, passed Monday, was drafted in response to a case involving a Maryland corrections officer, whose employer asked for his Facebook password to check for gang activity. He refused and contacted the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit. Maryland "has trail-blazed a new frontier in protecting freedom of expression in the digital age and has created a model for other states to follow," said an ACLU spokesman. Lawmakers are now in the process of drafting national legislation.
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