California Outlaws Violating Workers’ And Students’ Electronic Privacy

It blows my mind that companies and universities would require employees and students to hand over the log-ins to their personal email and Facebook accounts — in short, demanding access to people’s love lives, friendships, private conversations, bank accounts, and everything else. TechHive reports:

It’s officially illegal for employers and universities in California to request social media log-in information—that is, user names and passwords for Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail—from employees and students.

On Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two privacy bills, Assembly Bill 1844 and Senate Bill 1349. These laws prohibit employers, universities employees, and university representatives from requiring or requesting the social media log-in information of their respective employees, prospective employees, students, prospective students, or student groups.

The privacy question came up earlier this year when reports suggested that employers (and universities) were requiring employees and students give up their log-in credentials. [San Jose Democrat Nora] Campos’ office says that 129 cases relating to employer social media policies are currently before the National Labor Relations Board.

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  • Nunzio X

    There is only one proper response to being asked to hand over your login info:

    “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. You first.”

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      I read in Emily Post that proper responses were:
      FU and the horse you rode in on or
      take this job an shove it! or
      yes massa
      if yer the compliant type

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    oh look, a law to help regain the 4th & 5th Amendment
    how progressive is that!?

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    oh look, a law to help regain the 4th & 5th Amendment
    how progressive is that!?

  • Light

    This is good news I think, but brute force attacks which try every possible password are very common and the software to accomplish such a hack easy to get. Companies are used to pulling illegal shit behind the curtains. They wont be able to use it in court but they can still spy on you.

    • Fred Lamb

       Don’t rest assured they can’t use it in court………depends how far into the pocket of the corporation the judge is.   I had a federal judge “Craig B. Shaffer”….commit obstruction of justice on me for AT&T so don’t think that the laws stop the criminal activities of the courts.

    • Fred Lamb

       Don’t rest assured they can’t use it in court………depends how far into the pocket of the corporation the judge is.   I had a federal judge “Craig B. Shaffer”….commit obstruction of justice on me for AT&T so don’t think that the laws stop the criminal activities of the courts.

  • caswinson

    Ummm the bill was vetoed they actually outlawed nothing, it is business as usual.