Maryland Passes Law: Employers Cannot Ask For Social Media Credentials


The biosphere went into a frenzy when a story broke about Robert Collins.  Collins had been laid off from his job as a correctional officer in the state of Maryland.

In 2010 Collins was invited to re-apply for his job back. That’s when things got interesting. Collins said that the interviewer asked him, for not only his Facebook page information but his login credentials as well.

Since had been out of work and needed his job back he felt he had no choice but to comply with the interviewers request.  Before giving up his login information he did inquire about the reasoning behind this odd request.

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Collins has stated that they wanted to check to see if he was involved in any gang related activity.

A year later Collins’ story went viral. It also spawned others coming out of the woodwork who had similar incidents occur.

In the past few weeks the story about employers asking for current and prospective employee social network passwords packed up even more momentum.  The American Civil Liberties Union got involved and quickly denounced the practice. It even sparked a congressional investigation.

Now Maryland lawmakers have gotten involved by proposing and then passing bipartisan legislation that outlaws the practice.

Mashable has reported that Maryland passed the legislation on Monday afternoon.  Employers can still view an employees public profile.  There are laws in place that would protect employees from being fired such as non-discriminatory clauses based on religion, and sexual preference.

Source: Mashable


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