A state senator believes your boss has no right to access your Facebook page.
Or, your Twitter account.
Or, any other social media you use.
Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill sponsors LB 58 that would bar employers from demanding access to social media accounts of applicants or employees.
“I think the concern is that someone goes into a job and applies for that job and has an interview and they’re sitting in that interview and the employer looks across the table and says, ‘All right, I would like to see your Facebook page, right now. Can I have your password? Or come over here and type it in so I can look through it,’” Larson tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Larson sees it as a privacy issue. He says businesses have no right to access the social media accounts of employees or applicants.
“To have the ability to go in and try to look at their messages, their private conversations, is something that I think is crossing the line,” Larson says.
The bill would prevent businesses from ordering a worker to log onto a social media site in the presence of a supervisor or from demanding passwords or even using a third party to access the sites held by employees.
The prohibition would not apply to anything that enters the public domain.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this repor.