Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I-Greenwood Lake) is supporting legislation, Assembly Bill 9654, to increase the online privacy rights of job applicants or employees in the workplace. As social networking becomes a more widely used tool, it has become more common for employers (or would-be employers) to request access to applicants’ or employees’ email or social networking accounts.
“If you are at a friend’s house on a Saturday and a picture is taken of you holding a red Solo cup and then your friend posts these photos on a social networking site like Facebook or Twitter and your boss, or prospective boss, sees them, by Monday morning you could already be unfairly judged by the boss and have compromised your success in the workplace – even if all that was in the cup was water,” said the assemblywoman. “It is every person’s right to have privacy online, whether their personal email or Facebook page or whatever. Employers should not ask applicants or employees to disclose their usernames or passwords, but some do. This legislation needs to be passed because it would help applicants and employees know that they have the right to privacy online.”
Assemblywoman Rabbitt is the Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Labor Committee, which reviewed the bill earlier this week. The bill is now before the Assembly Codes Committee. Assemblywoman Rabbitt said she hopes the bill will be quickly enacted to help more New Yorkers protect their jobs, or gain employment without judgment.
To learn more about the assemblywoman’s views on this bill, please view her video remarks by clicking on the following link; to view the video, please click here: http://youtu.be/Nnm4aRj3dN0.