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Your social media passwords would be off-limits to employers under Florida bill
FLORIDA -- Imagine being on a job interview and an employer asking you for your Facebook login and password.
It's now legal to do so and a Florida lawmaker is trying to change that.
Allison Lubeck, Facebook User: "Your password is like the most personal thing, I think."
Facebook users we spoke with were adamantly opposed to the idea of a potential employer asking for their social media log in information.
Kody Kralle, Facebook User: "It's pretty intrusive. I mean, that's kind of personal stuff."
Jessica Grove, Facebook User: "I don't think it's right."
State Senator Jeff Clemens of Lake Worth is sponsoring a bill that would ban any employer in Florida, including the government, from asking a current or prospective employee for their log in information.
The legislation would also ban retaliation if the employee refuses, and it would be illegal for the company not to hire someone for that reason.
Allison Lubeck, Facebook User: "I personally use one password for everything, so they could get into everything with one password."
Kody Kralle, Facebook User: "If you did something when you were younger and they found out about it, maybe that could cost you getting a job."
Over the last two years, 16 other states have enacted similar legislation.
Although employee staffing firms say asking for log in information is not the norm, Senator Clemens says he's gotten a few recent phone calls regarding the issue.
Many employers admit they regularly check the public profiles of applicants.
Kody Kralle, Facebook User: "If you choose to make it public then that's free game."
Jessica Grove, Facebook User: "You shouldn't post anything that would get you in trouble."
A final decision on the bill won't be made anytime soon.
Florida's next legislative session begins in March of 2014.