R.I. Governor Signs Social Media Privacy Bill

Add Rhode Island to the list of states that have enacted laws to keep employers from prying into the social media accounts of employees and job applicants.  Governor Lincoln Chafee recently signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts into law.

Under these statutes neither an employer nor school is allowed to demand login information for social media accounts of a prospective employee or student in Rhode Island.

Specific provisions of the law include:

  • Organizations cannot require, suggest or cause an individual to disclose social media information, including a username, password or other means to access an account.
  • Organizations cannot require or compel an individual to add someone to their list of contacts associated with a social media account as a condition of acceptance to the school or the position.
  • An individual cannot be discharged, disciplined or penalized for refusing to divulge social media information to the organization.

The law is S. 2095A.

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