Can Your Employer Require You to Disclose Your Facebook Username and Password?

The ACLU has recently taken on the issue of whether an employer can force an employee to disclose his Facebook username and password.  A Maryland Corrections Officer was forced to disclose his username and password as part of the re-certification process.  The interviewer immediately logged into his Facebook account and began reviewing the material.

The ACLU will argue that this is a violation of the employee’s privacy and that it is illegal for the employer to force an employee to provide this information.  This is another example of how Facebook, and other social media outlets, are becoming a greater focus in the employment context.

February 22, 2011 – Castronovo & McKinney – Tom McKinney