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Social Media Privacy Increases January First

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Many California employers will soon no longer be able to demand access to their employees' social media pages…but not all employees will be protected. 

Earlier this year, a teacher's aide in Michigan was fired for refusing to give her Facebook password to her boss.   When lawmakers in California checked the statutes, they found there were no laws to protect California employees. 

On January 1st, two new laws take effect to protect employee privacy. One law protects college and university employees.  The other law protects private sector workers and was authored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, " An employer does not have access to your personal photo album at home and does not have the ability to ask you questions on your marital status, who you're dating…Those are a lot of the things people post on their social media page." 

Government employees are not covered under the new laws, but Campos has introduced a bill this session to make the privacy protections universal.    

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