Ariz. bill: Workers' online info should be private

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm •  Published: February 13, 2013
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"This is an area where we don't want to be caught behind the curve of technology," he said. "We want to try to at least keep up."

Similar legislation has been introduced or is pending in at least 27 other states, and at least six states enacted legislation in 2012 protecting employees, applicants or students asked to disclose usernames or passwords for a personal social media account, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Some business leaders complain these measures are vague and leave employers vulnerable to legal problems.

"The bill, number one, does not identify what a personal account is," said Mike Gardner, a lobbyist for Verizon Communications Inc. and Microsoft Corp. "We need to be crystal clear what a personal account is."

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Cristina Silva can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/cristymsilva .