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Legislature Passes Social Media Privacy Law

June 19, 2013

With all the recent news of government invasions of privacy through cell phone data mining or internet history

records, Washingtonians may be encouraged to hear their legislature is looking out for them.

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signed into law a bill that that makes it illegal for employers to require employees or applicants to provide

access to their social media accounts. The bill was signed May 21 and will go into affect July

28.

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employees and applicants are protected against giving out the login information to their private social media

accounts, “friending” an employer so they can view the individual’s account and being required

to change privacy settings to public.

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legislators passed the bill unanimously and 30 other states are working on similar bills concerning social

media.