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Louisiana Legislator Believes Your Log-In Is Your Business

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Here is some advice on social media. Don’t put anything out there that you would be ashamed for your mom and dad to see. That goes for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, My Space or any of the other legions of social sites. Your employer or future employer will go snooping on your page and find out who you really are.

An employer or future employer’s ability to see what you allow others to see is one thing, but being forced to give them access via your personal log-in is another. That is a topic that is being debated this week in the Louisiana Legislature.

Baton Rouge Representative Ted James’ bill will go before the House Commerce Committee this week to discuss the rights individuals have in regards to social media. At issue is whether schools or employers can be justified in demanding a log-in for an individual’s social media site or personal e-mail.

James allows there are reasonable exceptions to his proposal,

“If you have a blackberry that’s issued by your employer that is strictly for business related to your job, I can’t say the company isn’t allowed to monitor that. And the same goes for a laptop given to a student by a school.”

James made those comments to reporter Michelle Southern with the Louisiana Radio Network.

James’ legislation is strictly concerned with personal log-in information on personal devices. In other words, if it’s your phone or your computer, it’s off limits to your business or school. I guess he wants to leave all the unconstitutional snooping to the NSA.

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