Bills Focus on Social Media Accounts
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.January 22, 2013
The Texas Tribune reports on bills introduced in the Texas legislature on social media privacy. State Rep. Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) has introduced a bill that would protect job applicants and employees from being asked or required to provide access to personal accounts via electronic communications devices. State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) has introduced an identical bill. State Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) has introduced a bill to protect students’ social media accounts. Meanwhile, a bill recently signed into law in California protects employees from disciplinary action for refusing to provide passwords to their social media accounts. Several states have passed similar laws.