Facebook Accounts Safe From Employers in Six States, Thanks to New Laws
NBC News noted that California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey all enacted legislation to keep bosses out of employees’ social media accounts. Michigan’s law was just signed into law and enacted days ago, and Illinois’ and California’s respective measures went into effect on the first day of the new year.
In California, the law extends to both public and private employers; California, Delaware, and Michigan apply the same protection to students applying to colleges and universities.
Of course, anything users of social media sites have made available for public viewing is fair game.
Maryland was the first state to pass a law preventing Facebook snooping by employers, and after another five states did the same this year, there’s no doubt that more will soon follow.