Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has some good news for internauts from California. Their employers or universities are no longer allowed to ask for their email or social media login credentials.
By signing the Assembly Bill 1844 by Nora Campos and the Senate Bill 1349 by Leland Yee, Brown hopes to protect California users’ privacy more.
“The Golden State is pioneering the social media revolution and these laws will protect all Californians from unwarranted invasions of their personal social media accounts,” the Governor explained.
The Assembly Bill 1844 is a state law that makes it illegal for an employer to demand the username and password associated with an employee’s personal social media or email account. The legislation does not apply for employer-issued devices.
On the other hand, the Senate Bill 1349 allows postsecondary educational institutions to investigate student misconduct, but it prohibits them from asking students or prospective students to hand over their credentials.