Facebook Privacy Protection Bills Pass New Jersey Senate Committee

In New Jersey, a bill to protect the privacy of job seekers has passed through a Senate committee and now moves to the full Senate for a vote, NJ 101.5 reports. S-1898 would prohibit employers from requiring applicants to provide passwords or access to private online accounts. Co-sponsor of S-1898 Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), said “. “By no means should an employer be able to forcibly access such a broad scope of personal information against an applicant’s will. There are plenty of other steps in a job application process for employers to gain a profound understanding of an applicant’s experience, fitness and personality.” In June, the New Jersey Assembly passed a similar bill.

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