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Maryland Passes Nation's First Social Media Privacy Protection Bill

Maryland Passes Nation's First Social Media Privacy Protection Bill

By Melissa Coretz Goemann, ACLU of Maryland at 4:30pm
Just this week, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law the first bill in the nation prohibiting employers from requiring or requesting employees or job applicants to disclose their user names or passwords or any other means of accessing personal internet sites as a condition of employment.
ACLU Guidance on Demands For Passwords To Protected Accounts

ACLU Guidance on Demands For Passwords To Protected Accounts

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 3:54pm

The Associated Press wrote a story a couple of weeks ago about job applicants being compelled to turn over the passwords to their social-networking accounts. This is an issue that the ACLU has worked on in a number of states, and it has stirred a lot…

This Week in Civil Liberties (04/13/2012)

This Week in Civil Liberties (04/13/2012)

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 5:48pm

Which state recently passed the first bill in the nation that bans employers from asking for social media passwords?

Which Michigan agency has ended the practice of sexually abusive searches of women prisoners?

What constitutionally-guaranteed…

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (4/13/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (4/13/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 3:19pm

In the digital age that we live in today, we are constantly exposing our personal information online. From using cell phones and GPS devices to online shopping and sending e-mail, the things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of…

Maryland Legislature to Employers: Hands Off Facebook Passwords

Maryland Legislature to Employers: Hands Off Facebook Passwords

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 4:13pm

Maryland just passed the nation's first-ever bill barring employers from asking for the social media passwords of job applicants and employees.

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (3/30/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (3/30/2012)

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 10:51am

In the digital age that we live in today, we are constantly exposing our personal information online. From using cell phones and GPS devices to online shopping and sending e-mail, the things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of…

This Week in Civil Liberties (3/23/2012)

This Week in Civil Liberties (3/23/2012)

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 5:39pm

Some employers are asking job applicants for their passwords to which social networking site?

Which court ruled that a law that protects pregnant workers is unenforceable?

Which country is the only one in the world that sentences…

New Examples of Facebook Password Demands, Facebook's Response, and the Need for a New Law

New Examples of Facebook Password Demands, Facebook's Response, and the Need for a New Law

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:29pm

Let your members of Congress know that you want a law that would protect your private social networking information!

Status Update: Employers Asking For Your Facebook Password Violates Your Privacy and the Privacy of All Your Friends, Too

Status Update: Employers Asking For Your Facebook Password Violates Your Privacy and the Privacy of All Your Friends, Too

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:49pm

After the objections raised by the ACLU and others about this issue, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced that he is writing a federal bill to outlaw the practice.

Your Facebook Password Should Be None of Your Boss’ Business

Your Facebook Password Should Be None of Your Boss’ Business

"It’s an invasion of privacy for private employers to insist on looking at people’s private Facebook pages as a condition of employment."

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