You Do Have to Give Out Your Facebook Password in 48 States

Posted August 20, 2012 in Labor and Employment by


Can your employer or potential employer require you to turn over your Facebook password? Unless you work in Maryland or Illinois, the answer is yes.

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And if you are applying for a job and refuse to give out your password, you probably won’t get hired. Supervising Producer John McCarthy interviews attorney Mark Risk, an expert in employment law and the impact social media can have in the workplace.

Risk offers insight on issues such as:

  • The limits on an employer’s access to your social media accounts
  • Factors to consider when posting information about yourself
  • Monitoring what is being posted about you by others

Laws limiting an employer’s rights to demand your login information are being considered in various jurisdictions. Risk’s advice will help you safeguard your privacy and reputation until these legal protections are in place.

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