Ohio Senate To Consider Social Networking Bill


UPDATED: Sunday March 3, 2013 7:09 PM

A state senator has proposed a change in Ohio law which would keep current and prospective employers from prying into the social media accounts of employees and applicants.

Charleta Tavares, D-Columbus, said some companies pressure people for access to private information on sites like Facebook.

"You've got people who are maybe desperate for a job. And they think this is the only way they are going to get the job is if they allow that person to have their passwords," Tavares said.

Senate Bill 45 would restrict firms from asking for access to accounts beyond what it publicly visible.

"It's one thing to have your employer ask you, or to look in on the account that is set up with that employer. An employee email account that's associated with that employer," Tavares said. "But it's quite another to tell someone that your private, online social media account are going to be open to the person that you're either going to be applying to work for, or that your currently working for."

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee was scheduled to hear testimony on Wednesday regarding SB 45.

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