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California Becomes Third State to Enact Social Media Privacy Law

California has become the third state to enact a social media privacy law following Illinois and Maryland.  Click Here to read about Illinois’ law which becomes effective in January, 2013.

On Thursday, September 27, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1844, titled “Employer Use of Social Media.” The new law will prevents employers from requiring employees or applicants to disclose social media usernames or paswords.  The law also prohibits requring an employee to accesses a social media account in the presence of the employer, a tactic known as “shoulder surfing.”   Expect more states to follow suit in the latter part of 2012 and in 2013.