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Senator introduces state bill to protect employee privacy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A state senator wants Ohio to be the next state to prohibit employers from asking for access to their employees social media profiles.

Senate Bill 45, a.k.a. the Social Media Privacy Protection Act, is in response to a recent trend of employers asking for job candidates to supply passwords for any social media accounts before being hired.

"Employees should not have to give the keys to their personal and private information just to gain or maintain employment," said state Senator Charleta B. Tavares in a press release.

Tavares, D-Columbus, introduced the bill in late February.

The bill would not prevent employers from monitoring employee accounts on the company Internet system.

For more on this story, watch 21 News at 6 p.m.

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