Sen. Jeff Clemens Wants to Keep Employers From Asking for Social Media Passwords
Businesses looking to hire you want to be able to get all up in your Facebook and Twitter accounts to see if you're worth hiring. That's right. You want a job? You may have to allow someone to look through your Tweets and those vacation-to-Hawaii pics.
But Florida state Sen. Jeff Clemens has proposed a bill to make it not at all cool for employers to ask potential employees to hand over their passwords.
Until then, better delete those pics of you doing Jell-O shots off that girl's boobs.
Clemens' proposed bill comes just as Facebook announced that it's getting
more insufferable to be a member of rid of the privacy setting that allows its members to hide their profiles from the search engine. So now, anyone can find you. Super!
But Clemens' bill would also allow a person to sue if a potential employer demands their username and passwords.
This makes sense. If you refuse to hand over that info, an employer can then decide not to hire you. Not because you're not qualified but because you value your privacy.
Clemens, one of the last remaining intelligent reps left in our state, realizes this.
"Obviously if you don't give the password up, the likelihood is that you are not going to get the position and if you did give it up, you are really giving away some of your privacy," said Clemens.
Should the bill pass through the Legislature without any proposed changes or entanglements, then the law will become official come October 2014.
Until then, better delete those pics of you passed out drunk with penises drawn on your face.