Social Media Privacy Bill Would Allow You to Unfriend Your Boss

And more importantly, it would prohibit your boss — or your university, or any public agency — from requesting your username and password on any social media network. Today the Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously passed SB 1349, a bill by San Francisco Senator Leland Yee that would forbid California universities from demanding access to students’ accounts. A similar bill by San Jose Assemblywoman Norma Campos, which Yee co-authored, will go before the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee tomorrow. Both legislators say they’ve seen a rash of privacy invasions lately, as schools and businesses attempt to control the networking habits of their students and employees. Whether the law will be effective at curbing ill-considered posts, or aggregators of such posts, remains to be seen. But privacy advocates say it’s a step in the right direction.

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