Protection of Personal Social Media Information (April 9th, 2012)

Under a new proposed law, Maryland employers would not be able to request or require that an employee or applicant disclose any user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account or service through an electronic communications device.  In other words, no employee or applicant could be compelled to disclose user names or passwords for Facebook or other personal social media or e-mail accounts. Also in the law, an employee would not be able to download unauthorized employer proprietary information or financial data to an employee’s personal web site, an internet web site, a web–based account, or a similar account.  If signed by the Governor, the law would take effect on October 1, 2012.