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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.

Gov. Jay Inslee 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.

Under the new law, 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.

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