Wash. Bill Halts Employer Access To Social Media Content

Law360, New York (January 30, 2013, 7:24 PM EST) -- Washington state lawmakers rolled out a bill last week that would make it illegal for employers to ask current or prospective workers to hand over passwords to their social networking accounts, joining a slew of states moving to provide greater Internet privacy protections for employees.

Senate Bill 5211, which was introduced Jan. 23, prevents all businesses in Washington, as well as state and municipal governments, from demanding access to private content posted on websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as a condition for employment.

The bill...
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