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Should Companies Be Allowed To Ask Their Employees For Their Social Media Passwords?

Posted in Data Privacy, Social media

Tom Barnett, Managing Director and eDiscovery Practice Leader for Stroz Friedberg, has written an article entitled “What Happens on Facebook Stays on Facebook”.  The article provides a good overview of legislation passed recently by the Maryland legislature, which prohibits an employer or prospective employer from asking their employees or prospective employees for their social media passwords.  Similar legislation is now pending in Congress and several other states.  Tom’s article also does a nice job of framing the big picture issue of whether the recent legislation portends a shift in the law towards greater privacy rights for employees in the workplace.  I highly recommend this quick read.

 

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