California and Illinois ban employers from requesting personal passwords

By | January 6, 2013

Source: Help Net Security

by Zeljka Zorz

sec45In this article “When Maryland’s Division of Correction instituted a requirement for job applicants and employees undergoing recertification to hand over login credentials of their social media accounts to interviewers, they surely believed that it was an easy way to check whether the candidates were hiding something that would make them unfit for the job.

Unfortunately for them, one of the applicants viewed this request as an invasion of his privacy, and has joined up with the American Civil Liberties Union to campaign for the elimination of such a demand.

Since then, many U.S. states have moved to make it illegal for employees and educational institutions to make this request, and in the last year and a half, six of them have accomplished that goal (or part of it).”

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