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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 The Raven on 10/2/2012 6:33:30 PM , Rating: 2
People often simply are not in a position to refuse a job because they don't like the company's hiring process. Even if said applicant refuses the request and moves on, it's almost certain that someone else will come in and gladly consent in order to land the job because they *NEED* the job.

Ok imagine yourself at a job interview. The interviewer tells you that he is very impressed and that you are very well dressed. In fact so well dressed and attractive that he insists you remove your clothing and perform a Lewinsky on him right then and there or you will not get the job. Well since he asked and since you need a job and it is so difficult to find one you have no choice. And you obviously won't report this because then you would be out of the job that you so desperately need. Sure you could report him but then you would likely be out of a job regardless of whislteblower laws because you only got the job because of your looks and 'skills' and don't know anything about the goings on in sector 7G.

Oh wait no you wouldn't do that! You would leave it to the next person to take that job...a prostitute.

Don't be a prostitute.

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