Legislators in New Hampshire are considering ratifying a law that prevents employers from asking job applicants and employees for their social media login information.
If ratified, New Hampshire will join a handful of states that are currently implementing a similar law. These states are Maryland, California, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, and Illinois. More than dozen states are considering similar legislations.
Some employers have started asking for passwords to log into their prospective employees’ or current employees’ accounts on various social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter.
Critics claim that it’s an invasion of privacy.
State Senator Donna Soucy, a co-sponsor of the bills in New Hampshire, says that companies can access employee information through social media that would be otherwise illegal to obtain. And, more importantly, employers can use the information to discriminate.
Source: The Boston Globe