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Opinion: Should Employers Have Access to Social Media Passwords?

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

April 20, 2012

Following recent discussions in the U.S. on what employers can and cannot do when it comes to accessing employees' social media accounts, employment attorney Peter Cullen discusses New Zealand's employment privacy landscape in this Stuff.co.nz report. Cullen says a New Zealand employee who refuses to provide access to online accounts may run into problems. He adds, however, that the employee could challenge the request and bring a claim before the Employment Relations Authority or the privacy commissioner. Cullen also notes that New Zealand privacy laws are soon to be overhauled in response to technological advances.
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