Calif. Moves to Bar Employer Access to Social Media Accounts

Thursday, 03 May 2012 10:01 AM

By Robert Engler

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A California legislative panel has unanimously approved a bill that would bar private companies from using employee or job applicant social media accounts to gather personal information.
 
The measure, passed by the Assembly Labor Committee on Wednesday, is expected to sail through the full legislature with little opposition, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

“The effects of gaining access to personal media accounts is no different than an employer reading a personal diary, personal emails, or viewing personal home videos," said Democratic Assemblywoman Nora Campos, the bill’s author.

Campos introduced the measure in the wake of national reports of companies demanding that employees give them their user names and passwords for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts.

According to the Mercury News, national surveys have shown that some 63 percent of companies admit to reviewing employee or job applicant social media accounts for personal information and habits that might cause the company embarrassment or affect work attitudes.

At least eight other states are considering legislation similar to Campos’ bill, and two members of Congress have asked the Justice Department to determine if the practice violates privacy laws.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Tapeworm in Brain of Man for 4 Years Removed by Surgeons

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 17:33 PM

A tapeworm that not only lived in a man's brain for four years but traveled from one side of the brain to the other has  . . .

Window Washer's 11-Story Fall Ends Atop Car - He Survived!

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 17:14 PM

A window washer survived with critical injuries after falling 11 stories from the roof of a San Francisco bank building  . . .

Georgia O'Keefe $44 Million Painting Most for Woman Artist

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 16:49 PM

A new world auction record for women artists was set when a painting by late American artist Georgia O'Keeffe sold for m . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved