California Governor Signs Two Social Media Privacy Bills
California Governor, Jerry Brown, has signed two bills that prohibited employers and schools from demanding applicants share their social media credentials and related private content. The bills will go into effect starting January 1, 2013.
The two social media protection bills are Assembly Bill (AB) -1844, which bans employers from demanding social media-related material (such as usernames and passwords) from prospective employees or logging into social media in their presence. The bill also protects workers from employer retaliation in case they refuse to comply with the demands. The second bill is Senate Bill (SB) -1349, which basically describes a similar policy for colleges and prospective students.
Governor Jerry Brown announced this news through his Facebook account last week: "Today I am signing Assembly Bill 1844 and Senate Bill 1349, which prohibit universities and employers from demanding your email and social media passwords”. He added: "California pioneered the social media revolution. These laws protect Californians from unwarranted invasions of their social media accounts."
Nowadays, many employers use social media to gather information about their perspective employees. Some do it clandestinely, but some employers are very open about it. Do you agree that employers should be allowed to research their perspective employees through social media? Share your opinion in the comment below.
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