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Maryland Bans Employers From Workers' Social Media Accounts

By Maria Chutchian

Law360, New York (April 09, 2012, 9:58 PM ET) -- Maryland became the first state to pass legislation banning employers from asking for employees’ and job applicants’ social media site passwords on Monday, after both houses of its General Assembly approved the bill over the weekend.

"We are proud of Maryland for standing up for the online privacy of employees and the friends and family members they stay in touch with online," Melissa Goemann, legislative director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, said. "Our state has trailblazed a new frontier in protecting freedom of expression in...

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