State Leaders Work to Protect the Privacy of Employees' and Students' Social Media Accounts

Source: Nathan Dickerson, Council of State Governments, Knowledge Center, May 7, 2012

Social media has changed the public’s expectations of privacy, but a backlash has risen against employers’ requests for access to current and potential employees’ personal social media accounts. Schools also have faced similar controversies for attempting to exercise control over students’ online behavior. Several state leaders from across the country have written legislation to address these concerns and ensure the privacy of personal social media accounts. The proposed bills protect, at a minimum, employees from having to turn over personal social media account information.

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