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4 Responses to “Now Illegal: Schools and Employers Can No Longer Request Access To Your Social Media Accounts”

  1. cksyme January 14, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Good piece on the new law. Only problem–in the U.S., this is a state law. Each state will be required to pass their own version and one state's law cannot apply to a situation in another state. It will be a while before this takes hold in the U.S. completely. The problem has not been workplace–here the NLRB is on top of that now. The problem is in schools. That will be the big hurdle. The Maryland law applies to workplace only–they threw out the school piece because of objections from some colleges. It will be an interesting issue to watch.

    • Melissa Agnes January 14, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Yes, that's correct. The states in which both laws have passed are listed above in my post. It's just the beginning and will definitely be interesting to see how this issue progresses, both in the United States, Canada and the rest of the world.

  2. Terri K January 15, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    A very interesting read. I think people take for granted the notion of being "Googled". It was once a cool term for celebrities and public figures to use when fans or foes wanted to get information on their career and accomplishments but today if you have posted your name on ANYTHING online you can be "Googled" and found.

    One's personal brand is definitely something to be mindful of online because no one gives you a chance to defend a statement especially if taken out of context.

    I do wonder if more states are looking into to similar laws across the USA.

    • Melissa Agnes January 15, 2013 at 10:35 am #

      Not just if YOU post your name, but if others write or post about you as well – and those posts/articles are not ones you always want to be found by others. A responsible online presence is extremely important to have, no matter who you are.

      It will indeed be interesting to see how this law takes shape in other states and countries. I'll be keeping my eye out for further updates ;)

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