Posted: Feb 6, 2013 1:10 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - A group of University of Montana law students have drafted a bill that aims to protect people from having their personal Facebook information made available to their employer.
Senator Anders Blewett of Great Falls is carrying Senate Bill 195 which prohibits companies from requiring an employee or an applicant to turn over access to personal Facebook, email and other social media accounts.
Supporters of the bill say this bill protects all Montanans right to privacy.
"Imagine if your boss asked for the keys to your home. It would be like opening the door, going through your drawers, thumbing through your photo albums. That's what this bill seeks to prevent," explained ACLU of Montana Policy Director Niki Zupanic.
Several business groups, including the Montana Chamber of Commerce, oppose the bill saying it opens companies up for litigation. They also say businesses may need this personal information to investigate employee misconduct.