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There is a nascent legislative trend seeking to prohibit employers from asking applicants and employees for usernames and passwords to their social media networking sites. This is a reaction to stories of employers seeking access to personal social media sites to gather information that they then use to make employment decisions. In a process sometimes referred to as “cyber-screening,” employers have sought access to applicant passwords in order to vet potential candidates and obtain telling information about them. Employers also desire to know how employees are portraying the employer or its products or services, or what they may be communicating while on employer-owned computer systems.     

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