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Can Employers Demand Facebook Usernames and Passwords?

Can Employers Demand Facebook Usernames and Passwords?

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Can Employers Demand Facebook Usernames and Passwords?

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/0323/Facebook-privacy-Can-firms-legally-demand-passwords-from-job-applicants

Many job applicants fear that their potential employers will look at their public Social Media outlets. Therefore, some have used tactics such as using a different email address or abstaining from using their last name on social media. The fear of those job applicants appears justified as a company called Social Intelligence Corp. provides this service for employers. However, some employers are taking this approach one step further by demanding social media passwords and usernames from applicants. Legislatures in Illinois are attempting to pass laws making it illegal for employers to ask for this type of information. The push behind the proposed legislation comes from the diminished privacy of the applicants. Some attorneys feel that this type of scrutiny by employers is already outlawed by the National Labor Relations Act, but corporate attorneys state the area of law is murky at best. Therefore, it appears for now applicants may have to further hide their social media participation if they are worried about the drawbacks of exercising free speech.

The amount of information that is available to others about each of us is vast. Protecting that information should be a priority. However, if something does happen and you need legal representation relating to electronic information and privacy, Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC can help. We are an experienced group of attorneys that have navigated the complicated interplay between the virtual world and the law. Our law firm developed case law in Missouri known as "false light" which can help a party injured by social media. Please contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to schedule a no-obligation meeting with an experienced Internet privacy rights attorney.

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