Have you ever declined a job because a potential employer wanted to snoop into your personal life via social networks?  Has a university ever asked you to disclose your username or password for the purpose of accessing your personal social media accounts?  In my opinion, employers and universities should be prohibited from snooping into our personal accounts.  It is already difficult to find jobs in today’s market and allowing employers to snoop into our personal lives, would produce biases in their minds before even getting to know us.

Thanks to Governor Jerry Brown, residents of California need not worry about hiding their personal life from universities and employers anymore because according to Assembly Bill 1844 and Senate Bill 1349, universities and employers are prohibited from demanding our usernames, emails and social media passwords.

Facts About Assembly Bill 1844

  • AB 1844 is authored by Assembly member Nora Campos
  • AB 1844 prohibits an employer from requesting an employee or an applicant to (1) access their personal social media accounts in the presence of the employer, or (2) disclose their username or password

Facts About Senate Bill 1349

  • SB 1349 is authored by State Senator Leland Yee
  • SB 1349 prohibits public and private universities from requiring a student or prospective student to (1) access their personal social media in the presence of the universities employee, or (2) disclose their username or password

California has taken a stand, and I hope other states follow suit.  Has an employer ever asked you to disclose your username or password?  Would you decline a job because a potential employer wanted to snoop into your personal life?

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