Mitchell Tsai
Bill Would Ban Employers From Requesting Usernames, Passwords: The debate over whether your employer should be able to ask for your Facebook password has once again made its way to Capitol Hill.[Chloe Albanesius, PC Magazine - 4/30/12]
The Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA), introduced by Reps. Eliot Engel and Jan Schakowsky, bans employers from demanding that current or prospective employees turn over information about their Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or other online profile. They are also prohibited from punishing workers for not producing such material. - Mitchell Tsai
The bill applies to those in corporate environments, as well as those working in colleges, universities, and K-12 schools. - Mitchell Tsai Maryland Department of Corrections (DOC) was using "shoulder surfing" to screen candidates. A compromise from an interviewee actually handing over a password, "shoulder surfing" means that a candidate would log into his or her account and click through wall posts, photos, comments, videos, and other items that would be hidden behind privacy settings while the interviewer watches. - Mitchell Tsai
In a blog post, the ACLU likened the practice to snooping in someone's snail mail, which is prohibited by federal law. - Mitchell Tsai
"People are entitled to private lives. You'd be appalled if your employer insisted on opening up your postal mail to see if there was anything of interest inside. It's equally out of bounds for an employer to go on a fishing expedition through a person's private social media account." - Mitchell Tsai