NCSL, National Conference of State Legislatures, Can employers ask for employees’ social network username and password?

The number of social media has increased tremendously during the last years. Is it ok for employers to ask their employees to turn over usernames or passwords for their personal accounts? Employers argue that access to personal accounts would protect proprietary information or trade secrets, help them comply with federal financial regulations, or prevent exposure to legal liabilities. However, employees consider these requests an invasion of their privacy.

According to the NCSL, the National Conference of State Legislature, in the beginning in 2012 some states introduced legislation to prevent employers from requesting passwords to personal social network accounts to obtain or keep a job. Some states have similar legislation to protect students in public colleges and universities from having to grant access to their social networking accounts to the university. As of March 21, 2014 in more than half the states legislation to protect the privacy of these data has been introduced.

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