Governor Signs Two Social Media Privacy Bills

Published On : 9/27/2012 2:36 PM
By : AMY QUINTON
From : CCN
Categories : State, Local
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California will no longer allow employers or colleges to ask applicants for social media usernames or passwords under two bills signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

The bills come after a growing number of businesses and universities around the country asked job-seekers and students for their Facebook and Twitter account information.

Democratic Senator Leland Yee authored one of the bills. He says he was stunned when he heard this was happening.

“I was just horrified because we live in a society where we respect individuals’ privacy, all of a sudden because of new technology that concept was just thrown out of the window and everything was fair game. Well these bills basically said no, that is not the case.”

The legislation will also prohibit employers and colleges from demanding personal email addresses and login information. It does not affect a college’s right to protect against or investigate student misconduct.

The law will take effect on January 1st.

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