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July 29 2014

Oklahoma and Louisiana Become the Latest States to Enact Social Media Password Protection Laws

Oklahoma and Louisiana have enacted their own legislation aimed at restricting access by employers to applicants' and employees' personal online content, further complicating the patchwork of state password protection laws already in place. To ensure compliance, employers with operations in Oklahoma or Louisiana should understand the requirements of each law. Oklahoma's new law becomes effective on November 1, 2014. Louisiana's new law becomes effective on August 1, 2014. In general, the best practice is not to seek access to personal online content except where there is a strong business interest for doing so that is recognized in the applicable password protection law.