California bills would bar colleges and employers from asking for social media passwords

Jul 3, 2012 09:19:15Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO


California bills would bar colleges and employers from asking for social media passwords

In the interest of protecting online privacy, California's Assembly Judiciary Committee recently passed a bill that could ban the practice of colleges and universities asking for access to students' social media passwords, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"A public or private post-secondary educational institution shall not require, or formally request in writing, a student or prospective student to disclose the user name or account password for a personal social media account or to otherwise provide the institution with access to any content of that account," the bill reads, according to the news source.

The bill will move to the Assembly Higher Education Committee next week. An adjoining bill is making its way through legislation, which restricts employers from asking for the personal information as well. However, employers and administers can still access these social media sites for public information. For this reason, job seekers and college applicants may want to review and update their internet privacy protection settings on Facebook and other sites.

California will not be the first state to pass such a law. According to BusinessWeek, Delaware passed a bill earlier this month that protects its students from this practice as well.