Access To Employee Social Media Accounts Is Risky

Law360, New York (November 7, 2013, 4:00 PM EST) -- The Florida Senate is considering joining a multitude of states that have banned employers from requesting or requiring access to current or prospective employees’ social media accounts. Several other states have already enacted similar laws. These states include Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and New Jersey.

Senate Bill SB 198 titled “An Act Relating to Social Media Privacy,” would prohibit employers from requiring or requesting access to employee or applicant social media accounts and from taking any retaliatory...
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