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Password-Sharing Laws Now In Effect

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 3, 2013

Employers can no longer demand social media passwords from employees or job applicants due to laws now in effect in five U.S. states, UPI reports. Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, California and Illinois all have passed laws prohibiting the practice. California Assemblywoman Nora Campos said, “My legislation protects workers’ privacy. The legislation is necessary because there is a hole in existing law that prevents employers from intruding into an employee’s legal off-duty conduct.”
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