In our home state of Washington, a new law will go into effect on Sunday that prohibits employers from requesting personal social media log-in credentials from employees or would-be employees. Washington is the 11th state to pass such a law, and many predict most other states will enact similar legistation within the next few years.
“Washington is about to become the latest state to join the social media privacy bandwagon.
On Sunday, a state law banning employers from asking workers for their user names and passwords for their personal social media accounts will go into effect. The law was passed unanimously by both the Washington State Senate and the House of Representatives in April and signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee in May. Since 2012, ten other states have passed similar laws governing social media privacy in the workplace: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah.