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Monday, September 24, 2012
by Michael Loatman
New Jersey lawmakers are closer to becoming the latest state to
approve legislation aimed at reining in demands by employers or
educational institutions for social media passwords or
The New Jersey Assembly in June approved a pair of privacy bills
that would limit the ability of employers and institutions of
higher education to access the social media accounts of employees,
job applicants, students, and prospective students. On Sept. 20,
the state Senate Labor Committee unanimously approved both
Under the proposed legislation, an employer or post-secondary
school may not require that user names and passwords be disclosed
or otherwise demand access to the account.
The employer-focused bill exempts coverage when there is a need
to comply with federal or state law or enforce a workplace policy
on a company-issued electronic communication device. Employer
violations would be punished with a $1,000 fine for first offenders
and $2,500 for each subsequent violation.
The bills largely track legislation considered in more than 12
states, which includes:
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