California just passed legislation that will prevent employers from demanding the social media passwords of employees current and potential — and, at the same time, prevent institutions of higher education from demanding the same of their students. Yesterday, Jerry Brown signed two bills into law. The first, AB-1844, prevents employers from asking their staff for their social media usernames or passwords (and, in another iteration, from logging into social media in their presence). The second, SB-1349, extends that protection to students at California’s many private and public colleges and universities. As Brown put it in a Facebook post, “California pioneered the social media revolution. These laws protect Californians from unwarranted invasions of their social media accounts.”
I know we have been on the job hunt and we have all come across the issue of our employer/employer to be asking for our social media. This may seem harmless at first but it could be the difference between you getting a job or back to sending out resumes. All it takes is one picture of harmless fun for your employer to change their mind about you. I know this has cause many of us to change our facebook name’s so our employers cant find us but now many ask for account information so they can log into our page and see our page with nothing hidden from them. Which in turn has cause us to delete our facebooks and twitters (and so on) entirely. I glad that CA is taking a step forward against this, I think that our private life and work life should have a division between the two.
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