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The law took effect at 12:01 a.m. today

If you were worried about an employer seeing those pictures from the big New Year's party on your Facebook last night, don't fret -- a new law that's taking place this year will prevent employers from requesting Facebook passwords.

The law took effect at 12:01 a.m. today in both California and Illinois. It states that employers can't request social networking passwords or non-public account information from current or potential employees.

Michigan is another state that passed a similar law last month.

However, something that citizens in these states need to keep in mind is that employers can still see any public posts, tweets or photos on the social networks. So unless you set your information to private, it's fair game.

Back in 2011, employees and applicants to the Maryland Department of Corrections were asked to surrender their emails and passwords in order for employers to access their Facebook pages. This resulted in a complaint from corrections officer Robert Collins, who went to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
 
The ACLU argued that this was an invasion of privacy. The Department of Corrections has since stopped this practice, but found a loophole -- they just ask the applicant to log onto their Facebook accounts right in front of them, giving employers the freedom to browse photos, comments and Walls right in front of the applicant.

The Maryland Department of Corrections isn't the only establishment searching social networks for clues as to who they're accepting. The University of North Carolina recently revised its handbook to make it so student-athletes must add a coach or administrator to their friends list on their social networks.

In March 2012, some government job seekers and student-athletes complained that the government agency or college in which they were applying to had asked for access to their Facebook pages among other social networking sites.

Source: Reuters



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RE: Common Sense
By rs2 on 1/1/2013 11:04:52 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Desperate job seekers don't have much power.


Actually they have all the power, if only the majority of them could be persuaded to consistently and reliably stand up for their basic rights no matter how desperate they happen to feel.

If we all just collectively lie down and take this nonsense out of "desperation" then it's still entirely our own fault when our rights and respect gets gradually stripped away.


RE: Common Sense
By croc on 1/1/2013 11:56:11 PM , Rating: 5
Hmmm... Sounds like you are advocating for something like collective bargaining... Must be a commie. Off you go, now... Can't have any union sympathizers around here.


RE: Common Sense
By rs2 on 1/2/2013 1:47:56 AM , Rating: 3
But I brought enough wooden footstools and borscht for everyone!


RE: Common Sense
By Paj on 1/2/13, Rating: 0
RE: Common Sense
By tng on 1/2/2013 10:54:13 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Sh!t like this is why unions are needed.
I would say it is why lawyers are needed, and places like the ACLU.

You are correct many unions have gotten to big and forgotten what they started out for. Some unions exist now as a way for the leaders to make money and wield influence and power at the expense of the worker.


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