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Friday, 30 May 2014 19:57

Tennessee Limits Access to Employees’ Social Media

Tennessee has joined the growing number of states that prohibits employers, including government entities, from requesting or requiring access to the private social networking or online accounts of employees and job applicants. The Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014 will take effect January 1, 2015. The act bars an employer, regardless of size, from:

  • requesting or requiring an employee or an applicant to disclose a password that allows access to the employee’s or applicant’s personal Internet account;
  • compelling an employee or an applicant to add the employer to the employee’s or applicant’s list of contacts associated with a personal Internet account;
  • compelling an employee or an applicant to access a personal Internet account in the presence of the employer in a manner that enables the employer to observe the contents of the employee’s or applicant’s personal Internet account; or
  • taking adverse action, failing to hire, or otherwise penalizing an employee or applicant because of a failure to disclose information or take an action specified above.
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