Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Illinois and Maryland Considering Legislation to Ban Employers from Asking Applicants for Facebook Passwords

In an emerging issue with employment applicants and even those already employed, lawmakers in two states, Illinois and Maryland, are taking steps to make it easier for people to avoid application pitfalls by passing legislation that would prohibit employers from requesting job applicants to disclose their Facebook password and login information.  Sure applicants can simply decline to provide the passwords but that obviously makes a bad impression and hurts an applicants chances of landing the job so this legislation avoids that situation altogether and allows applicants to maintain their privacy.

The ABA's website has a short article on the prospective legislation and cites famous law professor Orin Kerr:  "It's akin to requiring someone's house keys."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is asking readers whether they would provide their password to their current employer.

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