You or someone you know could one day be fired for refusing to give your employer access to social media accounts.
There are increasing reports of employers demanding social media passwords as a condition of employment. Maryland's Division of Corrections, for example, required that job applicants show all their Facebook information to an interviewer. A Michigan school employee was suspended when she refused to grant school administrators access to her Facebook account.
When employers demand that people give up access to their accounts, they are coercing Americans with the fear of losing their job or not being hired. Such access exposes not only private communication employers have no right to see, but also the communication of countless others. These demands are un-American at their core.
Read more below the jump.Ten states have already passed legislation to ban employers from demanding employee passwords. That's forty states without these protections.
This is why Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) have introduced the Password Protection Act of 2013, which would make it illegal for employers to demand that employees or job applicants hand over their social media account passwords.