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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 11:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
You are very emotional... which is good... shows you're disobedience to the "state"... which... may not be good in some instances, however, enough rambling...

Yeah I think it's acceptable that employers looks someone up on the Internet and take a look at your Facebook or whatever, but I draw the line at having to hand over passwords. That's, too far.

What if you have your Facebook on "private" mode or whatever it is you can do there? Do they then request you turn it "public" or have you sit at a local terminal and have you login and have you (or them) browse around at will? What if you have sex/texts with your gf (or internet gf's ;) lol) in there? Drawing a line in the proverbial sand is a start...

Hey while I'm at it why don't I just hand over my house keys! So, you know, you can come 'research' my home and see if my life matched up to your standards of employment?

Oh my! You sound like you have something to hide. Maybe "we" (not me) should come over and see what you have now? Maybe do some infrared techy stuph on your home and find out just what you are up to? Drone Recon 138 airborne!

An employer might argue that there is a fine line between this and a standard background check. And he might have a point, but in my opinion this crosses that line. To make handing over private account information a term of employment?, I don't think so.

Me either! And.. I think it violates the very Terms and Policies you agreed to when opening a Facebook account.

I'm the first one to bash California when warranted, but I have no problem with the legislation here. This is the kind of thing laws are supposed to exist for.

Why bash Cali-for-ni-A?? Hey it's a great piece of land with awesome ocean front view!! Why bash all that just because some turds that have power over the "law" are ruining it for "sane" folk? And back to "law"... oh I don't want to even go there about the validity of "law" as it stands... :)

By bobogo2013 on 10/1/2012 11:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
Grammar/English Trolls Alert!! ;)

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