California employers and schools are now prohibited from social network snooping
0. phoneArena 28 Sep 2012, 02:46 posted on
In what is being described as pioneering legislation, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills which will prevent employers and universities from demanding social media login credentials...
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1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
About time. Employers can block employee access to personal accounts during work hours. But accessing the accounts by the employer was the no-no.
2. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)
How did they get away with that on the first place???? Were schools on California really little Hitler regimes?
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
By requesting the info. Absent an outright ban, employers can ask for whatever they want. Even with a ban in place, employers can still find out what a respective employee is doing online in many instances.
4. threed61 (Posts: 132; Member since: 27 May 2011)
If I understand correctly, this only stops them from asking someone to provide their info. Employers and schools can still go looking for the info on their own.
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
It is pretty intimidating when you are interviewing for a job to be asked to provide log-in info on your personal accounts. If you refuse, you probably won't get the job....
The only way that practice stops is with a ban imposed by either state or federal authority. The Feds won't act, so it was up to the state.
7. superguy (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
If they're going to ask for that information as a condition of employment, I'm not going to want to work for them.
I would do it on a one for one trade - meaning they give me their info. If they want to check up on me, then they should have no problem with me checking up on them to make sure they're not douches. I'm sure they'd understand my reasoning would be exactly the same as theirs. Therefore, they should have no problem with it.
If they do, citing privacy concerns, well, then why should I respect theirs if they're going to have no respect for mine? They can pound sand.