Don’t Allow Employers to Require Employee Social Media Passwords

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Target: New Hampshire House of Representatives

Goal: Ban New Hampshire employers from requiring social media passwords from employees

Recently, a bill was introduced to the New Hampshire House of Representatives that would ban employers in the state from requiring their employees and job applicants to give their social media passwords. This bill will protect employee privacy and prevent employers from learning privileged and otherwise protected information. This bill will protect the right to privacy for all employees and potential employees in the state. Asking for these passwords is an extreme invasion of privacy, and New Hampshire lawmakers must stop it.

The bill will prevent all employers from asking employees or job applicants for usernames or passwords to personal social media accounts. This means that pictures and personal blog posts that are posted under a pseudonym or marked as private will not be available to the employer. According to New Hampshire Senator Donna Soucy, a co-sponsor of the bill, many employers use social media accounts to find out protected and undivulged information about employees and applicants, such as religion and ancestry. Employers can then use this information to discriminate against applicants and employees.

This bill must be passed. It is an extreme invasion of privacy for these employers to require passwords to personal accounts that are unrelated to the job. Giving passwords to employers allows them unrestricted access to personal and legally protected information, which the employers may then use to discriminate against employees and job applicants. Tell the New Hampshire House of Representatives that this bill should be passed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear New Hampshire House of Representatives:

Recently, a bill was introduced to you that would ban employers from requiring usernames and passwords to personal social media accounts of employees and job applicants. This bill will protect employee privacy by restricting the employers’ access to personal and legally protected information. By using social media passwords, an employer may learn protected information such as religion or ancestry of an employee, and could use this information to discriminate against that employee.

I ask you to pass this bill. Employers must not be allowed this unrestricted access to the personal accounts of employees and applicants. This is an extreme invasion of privacy. There is no reason an employer should be allowed to seek protected and private information about employees. Pass this bill and let employees and applicants keep their right to privacy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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