Governor O'Malley Signs Maryland Law Prohibiting Employers From Seeking Access to Personal Social Media Information; Other States Considering Similar Bans

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On May 2, 2012, Governor O'Malley signed legislation making Maryland the first state to ban employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide access to their personal social media and other Internet-based accounts. While Maryland is the only state to have enacted such legislation to date, other states appear poised to follow suit. Similar legislation was introduced before Congress on Friday, April 27, 2012.

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