Calif. Legislature Considers Social Media Privacy Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— On Tuesday, the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously passed Assembly Bill 1844, authored by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose). The bill would prohibit employers from requiring an employee or prospective employee to provide their username and password to their social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter.

“Our social media accounts offer views into our personal lives and expose information that would be inappropriate to discuss during a job interview due to the inherent risk of creating biases in the minds of employers,” said Campos. “In order to continue to minimize the threat of bias and discrimination in the workplace and the hiring process, California must continue to evolve its privacy protections to keep pace with advancing technology.”

California would become one of the first states to pass such a law, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Upon passage through the State’s Assembly Judiciary Committee, AB 1844 will now advance to the Assembly Labor Committee. If passed, it will be sent to the full Assembly for approval.

Read the bill.

Read the press release.

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