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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.
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