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Laws protect workers and students

California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. recently signed a new law into effect designed to protect the privacy of social media users. Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1844 and Senate Bill 1349. These new laws will prevent universities and employers from requiring that applicants give up e-mail or social media account passwords. 
Over the last year, there has been a significant increase in the number of job applicants and college students being forced to surrender passwords to social network sites such as Facebook and others to be considered for acceptance to the college or to be offered a job. Privacy advocates argue that this is a clear violation of privacy.
Governor Brown said, "The Golden State is pioneering the social media revolution, and these laws will protect all Californians from unwarranted invasions of their personal social media accounts."
Assembly Bill 1844 prohibits employers from demanding usernames, passwords, or any other information related to social media accounts from employees and any other job applicants. The bill also bans employers from firing or disciplining employees who refused to divulge this information. The law does not provide protections for passwords or other information used to access employer-issued electronic devices.
Senate Bill 1349 adds a similar privacy policy for post-secondary education students for social media. The bill stipulates the public and private institutions can't require students, prospective students, and student groups to disclose usernames, passwords, or other private information for social media. Senate Bill 1349 passed without opposition in the legislature.
Supporters of Assembly Bill 1844 said that it is a common sense measure needed to clarify questionable business practices.


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By theapparition on 10/1/2012 11:35:30 AM , Rating: 2
Let's put in another way and see if you still think the same.

In the past, there was absolutely nothing preventing an employer from tossing your application if you were black. Or hispanic, or came in wearing a ya-mica (sp?). It seems like only common sense that discrimination shouldn't be tolerated, but there was nothing the government could do to prosecute those who did discriminate based off of race, religion or sexual orientation.

It seems sad a law was needed for that, and I agree it seems sad we needs common sense laws for this as well. But without that protection, employers could overstep their bounds.

By ebakke on 10/1/2012 11:39:04 AM , Rating: 2
Those two issues are not at all related. Try again.

By theapparition on 10/1/2012 11:47:34 AM , Rating: 2
I did. Everyone sees it but you.

By Invane on 10/1/2012 1:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
They are absolutely related. Both are examples of companies making hiring decisions based on information that should not be used when determining the best candidate for a position.

By SlyNine on 10/1/2012 4:14:50 PM , Rating: 2
They are releated, you just seem very out of touch with reality.

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