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February 4 2016

Maine Is Latest State To Restrict Employer Access To Personal Social Media Accounts

Recently, Maine became the latest state to enact legislation restricting an employer's access to employees' and job applicants' personal social media accounts.

The new statute prohibits an employer from requiring, coercing or requesting an employee or applicant: to disclose the password or any other means for accessing a personal social media account, to provide access to a personal social media account in the presence of the employer, to disclose to the employer any personal social media account information, to add anyone to the employee 's or applicant 's list of contacts associated with a personal social media account, and to alter settings that affect a 3rd party's ability to view the contents of a personal social media account.