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Invasion of privacy? New bill would protect employees’ private life on social media
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OKLAHOMA CITY – A proposed bill that was unanimously approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives would make sure your social media accounts can remain private from potential employers.

House Bill 2372 would prohibit employers from requiring access to potential hires and their employees’ social media accounts.

“A trend among employers right now is to invade the online privacy of potential hires and employees,” said Rep. John Trebilcock. “The right of individuals to a certain level of privacy is a value we all hold and my legislation just ensures that we address this new trend and continue to protect privacy rights.”

The legislation would ban employers from requesting or requiring a username, password or “other means of accessing a social media account.”

It also states that employers cannot take any action to access social media content that is not available to the general public.

Also, they cannot retaliate against an employee for refusing access.

If an employer violates the law, they could face a $500 fine and the cost of reasonable attorney fees.

House Bill 2372 will now head to the Oklahoma Senate.

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