Md. bill would protect employee social media accounts
State Senator Ron Young introduced a bill this week that would keep Maryland workers' social media safe from their employers, the Frederick News Post reports.
Currently, employers across the state can demand the account names and passwords of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts as a required part of continued employment. Young first heard of the practice when the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland called out the state department for compelling employees from producing their passwords.
"I think that's really probing into personal business way too much, and I think that it ought to be against the law," Young told the Post.
Young's bill may be a moot point, though, as the ACLU contends the practice is already illegal under the Federal Stored Communications Act, a statute that prevents anyone from accessing another person's private, stored electronic messages without prior authorization.
READ THE FULL STORY at the Frederick News Post.
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