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Social Media in the Workplace to be Monitored

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KIMA-tv reports that a new bill was voted unanimously Saturday by the state senators to prevent employers from perusing in the social media accounts of their workers.
The Senate wants to establish laws around the handling of social media in the workplace and this bill comes as a result of deliberations between lawmakers, business groups and civil liberties advocates, reports KIMA-tv.

The bill, as reported by KIMA-tv, states that employers would be barred from requesting social media passwords, forcing workers to log in while in the employer’s presence or using coercive friending, but it will allow employers to investigate leaks of proprietary information or to comply with other laws.

KIMA-tv says the bill now goes to Governor Inslee for his signature.

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