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April 11, 2012

Maryland Becomes the First State to Ban Employers Asking for Facebook Passwords

Maryland’s State General Assembly passed legislation that would prohibit employers from requiring or seeking user names, passwords or any other means of accessing personal Internet sites such as Facebook as a condition of employment.. It is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

Maryland ACLU legislative director Melissa Goemann said that Maryland "has trail-blazed a new frontier in protecting freedom of expression in the digital age, and has created a model for other states to follow." However, according to this report from C. Benjamin Ford, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce opposed the prohibition because the bills did not acknowledge there could be legitimate issues for some employers to want to review applicants' or workers' social media messages.

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