Social Media Password Privacy Protection Laws by State

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

The following chart below references laws passed by the states which addresses social media and password privacy protection for employees and applicants. The legislation generally aims to prohibit employers from requesting or requiring that employees and applicants provide user names, passwords and other ways of accessing personal information on social media websites as a condition of employment.


State Legislation

Federal

No

Alabama

No

Alaska

No

Arizona

No

Arkansas

Yes

California

Yes

Colorado

Yes

Connecticut

Yes

Delaware

No

District of Columbia

No

Florida

No

Georgia

No

Hawaii

No

Idaho

No

Illinois

Yes

Indiana

No

Iowa

No

Kansas

No

Kentucky

No

Louisiana

Yes

Maine

No

Maryland

Yes

Massachusetts

No

Michigan

Yes

Minnesota

No

Mississippi

No

Missouri

No

Montana

Yes

Nebraska

No

Nevada

Yes

New Hampshire

Yes

New Jersey

Yes

New Mexico

Yes

New York

No

North Carolina

No

North Dakota

No

Ohio

No

Oklahoma

Yes

Oregon

Yes

Pennsylvania

No

Rhode Island

Yes

South Carolina

No

South Dakota

No

Tennessee

Yes

Texas

No

Utah

Yes

Vermont

No

Virginia

Yes

Washington

Yes

West Virginia

No

Wisconsin

Yes

Wyoming

No

Additional Resources

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