It’s now illegal in California to ask for your employees’ social media passwords

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

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Two new privacy-focused bills has been signed into law in California that prohibit employers and universities from asking for social media usernames and passwords from employees, students, and potential hires.

We first heard about the unsettling trend in March where recruiters would ask for an applicants’ Facebook login credentials. Facebook immediately denounced the practice and the U.S. and U.K. governments said they’d look into it. While the instances of this level of social media snooping appear to be rare, California took the extra step to say “no more” with a new law.

“Today I am signing Assembly Bill 1844 and Senate Bill 1349, which prohibit universities and employers from demanding your email and social media passwords,” Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown wrote on his Facebook page. “California pioneered the social media revolution. These laws protect Californians from unwarranted invasions of their social media accounts.”

Calif. State Senator Leland Yee…

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