Wisconsin lawmakers tackle issue of social media privacy

Some colleges and employers around the country are prying open applicants’ private online accounts – a trend that a bipartisan pair of lawmakers want to stop in Wisconsin, the Journal Sentinel reports. Their draft bill would block employers, landlords and universities from pressuring job seekers, tenants or aspiring college athletes from being required to turn over their passwords to their email accounts or social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter. The bill would still allow these groups to look at applicants’ or students’ public postings on the Internet. Bradley Shear, an attorney who has consulted on and advocated for similar legislation in other states, said the practice is the modern equivalent of requiring job applicants or young students to turn over their mail and diaries or allow eavesdropping on their phone calls.

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