In what strikes me as a solution in search of a problem, Wisconsin law was recently changed to prohibit employers from “request[ing] or requir[ing] an employee or applicant for employment, as a condition of employment, to disclose access information for the personal Internet account of the employee or applicant or to otherwise grant access to or allow observation of that account.” While I’m guessing that some employer somewhere in the state requested this information at some point (or someone just imagined they might do it some day), I am not aware of any employers who actually requested employees’ private social media passwords.
With all the hype about this new employee privacy right, I think it’s important for employees and employers alike to realize that employers still have many rights when it comes to social media, IT, and what employees may do on the employer’s time and equipment.
What does the new law prohibit?
Wisconsin employers cannot request or require user name and password information (among other security information) that protects access to employees’ personal Internet accounts. Continue reading From the “Who Did This, Anyway?” File: Wisconsin Now Prohibits Employers from Requesting Employee Personal Social Media Passwords.