Governor Brown Signs Social Media Snooping Law
California Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1844 (Campos) and Senate Bill 1349 (Yee) which prohibit prohibit universities and employers from requiring that applicants give up their email or social media account passwords. “The Golden State is pioneering the social media revolution and these laws will protect all Californians from unwarranted invasions of their personal social media accounts,” said Governor Brown.
Assembly Bill 1844 by Nora Campos prohibits employers from demanding user names, passwords or any other information related to social media accounts from employees and job applicants. Employers are banned from discharging or disciplining employees who refuse to divulge such information under the terms of the bill. However, this restriction does not apply to passwords or other information used to access employer-issued electronic devices. The bill further stipulates that nothing in its language is intended to infringe on employers’ existing rights and obligations to investigate workplace misconduct.