Recently, we reported that employers could ask for passwords to job applicants’ social media accounts.
Businesses would make judgements about job seekers using photos and posts. A racy profile could be detrimental for prospects if employers ask for passwords to their social media. People became angry and started to question their right to privacy. Some job seekers even walked out of interviews upon being asked for their passwords.
At the end of September, things changed. California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed two privacy bills to protect job applicants. According to the article by the Associated Press, “California Signs Bills to Boost Social Network Privacy”, the new bills make it illegal for colleges and businesses to demand access to social media accounts.” The new bills protect prospective college students as well. The article further explains that Brown says, “the legislation will protect Californians from unwarranted invasions.”
Even though it is now illegal for employers to demand such information, you should still be conscious of the type of content you post on the internet.