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California One Step Closer to Banning Employers from Snooping Facebook Passwords

California One Step Closer to Banning Employers from Snooping Facebook Passwords

Kudos to California's state Assembly for passing a bill that would make it illegal for employers to pry Facebook usernames and passwords from employees and potential job candidates. Assembly Bill 1844, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose), would put all private content on social networks out of reach of employers, though the suits in charge would still have free range to check a employee's public activity on Facebook and other social networking sites, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Specifically, the bill as written would "prohibit an employer from requiring an employee or prospective employee to disclose a username or account password to access a personal social media account that is exclusively used by the employee or prospective employee." As defined by the bill, 'social media' refers to "any electronic medium where users may create, share, and view user-generated content, including uploading or downloading videos or still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant messages, or online social networking content."


There have been numerous reports recently of employers asking job candidates for their Facebook credentials right there on the spot during the interview. When that happens, it puts cash strapped job seekers in a precarious position where they must decide what's more important, a job that could pay the bills and feed the family, or their personal privacy. California's state Assembly agreed unanimously in a 73-0 vote to pass the bill that would make such choices obsolete. If it goes the distance, California will become to first state to ban the practice of employers asking for social networking login information.
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Hopefully all states enable a law like this. Because of the state of the economy businesses feel they can do what ever they want because people are desperate for work. The government has to step in to control them.

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This is where the general life and professional life thing gets confusing really. I personally would think FACEBOOK is personal and should be regarded as such in general. I mean your boss cannot legally hire a private eye to follow you around unless he has some evidence you may be involved in something such as relieving the company of goods for your own personal gain or something right. So how can they do it digitally through FACEBOOK which is really what there doing here.

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agreed, all states should adopt this. Facebook is personal and companies should not snoop.

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I definitely agree with everyone that says that employers should not be able to ask for that kind of information, there is an argument to be made for privacy laws and taking advantage of a person in their time of desperation is definitely immoral. However in all honesty I would just give the info to the employers to get the job if I wanted it bad enough. First I don't post on Facebook that much for it to be a problem in any circumstance, second if you have compromising information of the employer on your Facebook account then they should have the right to access and edit that info if they want and also your probably retarded for putting that kind of info on Facebook. I understand the need for privacy when you have personal media on your Facebook account but again your retarded for putting that kind of info on a SOCIAL media platform. Keep PRIVATE stuff PRIVATE and your all good.

Perfect example is a friend of a friend who was an intern at an advertising company in Toronto, he called in sick one day because he had been partying all night and was hung over. He then posted pictures of himself at the bar which his boss saw (because he was friend on Facebook) and then fired him before the day was over. This is the kind of stuff that employers are trying to catch and eliminate. Its not only the average joe that is not doing so well because the economy is bad, companies are cutting corners and looking to streamline (yea a super HR word there) their costs by weeding out douches like I mentioned above. So all in all I know Facebook is real important to some people but grow up!!

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Yep privacy is a big issue and we are going to see more and more of this type of stuff. Personally working in IT I would have to tell my employer or potential employer to stuff it by simply saying "would you want me to give up your network passwords so easily if I worked for you"... I don't think so so I won't give you my personal passwords either, simply put feel free to check my social networking profile from what can be seen by the public.

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to a certain point legislation like this is definitely needed to prevent privacy abuses

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THis is a big win and i hope this trend spreads. Im not a big facebook person and i dont really use it much but for some people it contains a lot of personal information about them selves and even others so no one should have the rights to my personal information like that. Its no pertinent to the job. So for the sake of peoples privacy i salute you california .

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