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California passes law to stop firms from snooping on staff social networking

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Fri Sep 28 2012, 10:24
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UNIVERSITIES, SCHOOLS AND EMPLOYERS in the state of California have been banned from snooping on citizens' social networking.

Governor Jerry Brown shared the news that he signed two bills last night to prevent snooping on social networking accounts. He suggested that California is just the sort of place where this sort of thing should be outlawed.

"Today I am signing Assembly Bill 1844 and Senate Bill 1349, which prohibit universities and employers from demanding your email and social media passwords. California pioneered the social media revolution," he said.

The bills will prohibit universities and employers from making their applicants hand over their email or social media account passwords, and in a statement Brown said that California is leading where others should be following.

"The Golden State is pioneering the social media revolution and these laws will protect all Californians from unwarranted invasions of their personal social media accounts," he said.

In a note on his website the governor said that signing the bill bought some common sense into an area of employment law that was becoming increasingly murky.

He said that it was designed to take on the "growing trend" of educational establishments and prospective employers wanting to snoop on their applicants. µ


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