Should Employers Be Able To Demand Your Social Media Passwords?

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If you already answer “NO!” to this question, sign the petition in support of the Password Protection Act now.

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.

Sign the petition in support of the Password Protection Act now.


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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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