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NH bills: Bosses can't seek social media passwords

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2013 at 10:32 am •  Published: February 11, 2013

She said she has not heard of any New Hampshire employers demanding the information.

"I think the issue is something we need to consider a lot more seriously than we used to" with the growth of social media accounts, she said. "At the very least, I would hope we would have a study."

Soucy, D-Manchester, said employers can use information on social media accounts to discriminate. For example, the applicant might be obese but the person's weight would not be required on the application. The employer might not know until seeing a picture on Facebook, she said.

"Would they interview them if they saw their picture on Facebook?" she said.

Soucy said other people can post information on the person's page that the person might not delete before a prospective employer saw it.

"As responsible as somebody might trying to be, it is still a reflection on them," she said.

Allowing employers access to social media accounts also gives them access to others linked to the account at the infringement on their privacy, she said.