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Washington State Law Protects Facebook Passwords at Work

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington is now the fifth state in the country to legally protect social media passwords at the workplace and in job interviews.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill Tuesday, wrapping up a session of negotiations between privacy advocates and business lobbyists who were worried that the new law would hamper security for proprietary or confidential information.

The measure bars employers from asking for a Facebook, Twitter or other social media password during a job interview or while at the workplace.

The bill, however, does allow companies to request the "content" of employee social media sites during internal investigations, which can be opened if an employer has received a tip that a worker may be leaking information.

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