New California Law Forbids Employers From Asking Social Media Passwords

Posted Sep 28, 2012

A law has been signed in California that forbids employers and universities from asking employees and students what their social media passwords are.  The law was put together quickly after there were responses last spring about some employers asked applicants to “voluntarily” allow businesses to go through their Facebook account as part of the interview process.  The U.S. House of Representatives was unable to ratify a federal ban, which means that it is up to the states individually to pass this kind of law.  This bill will be going into effect starting January 1st.