NP TELEGRAPH - Jan 11 - A bill introduced this week in the Nebraska Legislature would prohibit employers from requiring employees or job applicants to turn over their social network passwords. California, Illinois, Maryland and Michigan passed similar laws in 2012, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two other states, New Jersey and Delaware, prohibited educational institutions from gaining access to social networks of students or applicants. Some employers in those states argued they need access to employee accounts to protect proprietary information or trade secrets and to address liability issues, according to a conference report. The Nebraska proposal attempts to address such concerns by preserving an employer's right to investigate an employee for improperly downloading proprietary information.
by Joe Duggan
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