Legislation intended to keep your boss from prying into your social networking activities runs into trouble during a hearing at the Capitol.
Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill brought LB 58 before the Business and Labor Committee. LB 58 would restrict businesses from requiring an employee or an applicant to provide the account information needed to access social networking postings.
ACLU Nebraska supported the bill during the hearing. The ACLU’s Alan Peterson told the committee you shouldn’t have to turn over your private life to get a job.
“But the principle which ACLU tries to protect where it can is that part of our lives are private, deserve to remain so and that is a precious civil liberty,” Peterson stated.
Yet, some at the hearing raised questions.
Lynn Rex with the League of Nebraska Municipalities noted the bill doesn’t even allow indirect access to social media. She asked what if a student reports a threat posted on Facebook?
“We encourage kids, make sure you that you tell teachers, make sure you tell someone if you hear these sorts of things,” Rex said. “Well, you tell a teacher who’s an agent of the school district, i.e. an employer; can the employer act on that?”
Others raised similar concerns.
Larson stated he is willing to consider revisions to the bill to address concerns.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]