Earlier this month, legislators in Montana gave final approval to H.B. 342 which would limit an employer’s ability to access the personal social media accounts of applicants and employees. The bill now goes to Governor Steve Bullock’s (D) office for consideration.
If signed, Montana would join become the most recent state to join the list of 19 states which limit an employer’s access to personal social media accounts. A similar bill was signed earlier this year in Virginia. Like many of the other laws which have been passed on this issue, the Montana bill would prohibit:
- An employer from requiring prospective or current employees from sharing their login credentials;
- Requiring an individual to access the account in a supervisor’s presence;
- Requiring any communications which the individual made through their personal account to be turned over; and
- Companies from retaliating against applicants of employees for their refusal to disclose their personal social media information.