Bill would ban bosses from requesting social media info

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A major segment of the population participates regularly in personal social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

It allows people to connect with friends and family on a regular basis with personal messages, photos and videos.

But what would you say if your employer wanted you to provide your personal social media user name and password?

“That’s something that we put personal information in, they have no right to it,” said Jay Wesley of Monroe. They can use that against us, I’m just totally against it, I think it’s wrong.”

The state Senate is moving to make it illegal for Connecticut employers to even ask for it. The idea is to get ahead of the curve of what could become a national trend of employers requesting personal social media information, lawmakers say.

“I think that’s pretty much an invasion of my privacy,” said Todd Haffner of Glastonbury. “I don’t think that that’s something that they would need or require.”

Most of the people we spoke with Tuesday said that employers should be able to get all the information they need through regular background checks and not by peering into their personal social media.

“I don’t necessarily think I would be comfortable giving them that information but I can respect that an employer would like their employees to be representing them in a positive manner,” said Stephanie Tatro of Portland.

Lawmakers are still exploring where the lines need to be drawn and those applying for and doing police work may be the exception.

“There are exceptions that we’re talking about for police because of the fact that they deal with security and interactions with people in the way that they do and some of that information might be very useful,” said Sen. Gary Holder-Winfield, a Democrat on the Labor Committee.

The bill is expected to come up in the state Senate Wednesday.

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