Maryland Bill Bans Employers from Facebook Passwords

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  • Employers throughout the nation are getting more invasive with their applicants than ever before. All of the drug tests and background checks have been a normal procedure that most have grown accustomed to, but now employers are asking for passwords to social media sites.

    Giving your Facebook password or any other password linked to social media sites is a definite invasion of privacy, says the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Back in February of 2011, Robert Collins of Baltimore, Maryland was forced to give his Facebook password as a requirement to be reinstated in his position as a corrections officer. But, since that time, the requirement has become a problem in the application process in other states.

    The ACLU is stepping in to fight for Collins’ and other American’s rights to their privacy. Some employers are trying to get around the invasion of privacy argument by asking that the applicant “friend” members of the company. But, that is also asking too much.

    Maryland has become the first state to pass a bill to keep social media passwords out of the hands of employers.

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