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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 bobogo2013 on 10/1/2012 11:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't it already be a violation of Facebook policy to give out passwords etc. to anybody?
Never give out your username or password. Never share your login credentials (ex: email address and password) for any reason. Individuals, pages or groups that ask for your login information in exchange for discounted goods (ex: free poker chips) shouldn’t be trusted. These types of deals are carried out by cybercriminals and are in violation of Facebook’s Payment Terms

Section 4. Registration and Account Security Facebook users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:

Sec 4 Line 8. You will not share your password (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.

This was just a quick/dirty search of the Facebook site for certain terms... I'm sure that IF you give out your password, you are violating their very Terms and Policies you agreed to.... So technically... You can file an abuse complaint against a company that is trying to coerce your information (password etc)...

Maybe one could go here:

Beats me though... I don't use social media sites anymore... though I may still have a geocities webpage from like 1997? Can't remember the damn address though... lol...

What happens when you are asked for your Facebook info and you say you don't use Facebook yada yada yada? Guess you get put on a terror watch list??!! :P

By The Raven on 10/2/2012 6:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
Facebook does not have police with guns to make you obey their laws. All they can do is terminate your acct. But how would they find out in the first place, unless you reported yourself to them?

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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