FL Bill to Protect Employee Social Media Privacy
Following the growing trend across the country, Florida state senator Jeff Clemons has introduced legislation to safeguard the social media privacy of employees. Here is the text of SB 126.
An act relating to social media privacy; creating s. 448.077, F.S.; defining terms; prohibiting an employer from requesting or requiring access to a social media account of an employee or prospective employee under certain circumstances; prohibiting an employer from taking retaliatory personnel action for an employee’s refusal to allow access to his or her social media account; prohibiting an employer from failing or refusing to hire a prospective employee as a result of the prospective employee’s refusal to allow access to his or her social media account; authorizing civil action for a violation; requiring that the civil action be brought within a specified timeframe providing a penalty for a violation; providing for recovery of attorney fees and court costs; specifying that an employer is not prohibited from seeking access to social media accounts used primarily for the employer’s business purposes; providing an effective date.