New CA Law Stops Employers from Requesting Social Media Passwords of Applicants
October 1, 2012 9:14 AM
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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.
Supporters of Assembly Bill 1844 said that it is a common sense measure needed to clarify questionable business practices.
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RE: Pretty sad this has to be a law in the first place.
10/1/2012 1:33:12 PM
It's totally sad, however, totally necessary based on what happens when this type of law is absent.
It goes to a greater problem in the USA today though... we no longer have a constitutionally implied right to privacy.
We are claimed to still have it, but for all intents and purposes over the passed 5 years you've seen that assumption eroded into a presumption that you are now 'in public' and forego your right to privacy simply by USING your device at all. Yes, simple usage of your phone implies you act in public and your actions are no longer implicitly private.
It's a joke an honestly an atrocity and its exactly why instead we will have to nit pick and individually or especially absurd violations of our privacys instead of a blanket assumption of what we are and are not entitled to.
It's a joke to think simply searching online in the privacy of my home, in the view of no one, is some how a public behavior.
The 'cloud' furthers erodes your 'persumption of privacy' because now the [bad] analogy is your data is now in a storage somewhere private and subject to further restrictions.
It's a mess and a huge step backwards for civilization as a whole when now you must assume you have NO right to privacy.
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