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N.H. bill: Bosses can’t see social media passwords

New Hampshire bosses would be prohibited from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose a user name or password to personal social media or email accounts under a bill being voted on by the Senate.

The bill before the Senate on Thursday would not prohibit an employer from obtaining information about an employee or job applicant that is in the public domain or prevent the employer from investigating whether the employee is complying with securities or financial laws based on the person’s personal website used for business purposes.

The ban would only apply to the employees personal accounts unrelated to the employer’s business and would not prevent employers from enforcing workplace policies about company equipment.

A handful of states bar employers, academic institutions or both from requiring disclosure of personal passwords.

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