Landmark Social Media Privacy Bill to be Heard before California Assembly Judiciary Committee

AB 1844 is the First Bill of its Kind in California to Ever Address the Issue of Protecting Social Media Logins of Potential Employees

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Next week, the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee will determine the fate of Assembly Bill 1844, authored by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose). The bill would prohibit employers from requiring an employee or prospective employee to provide the username and password to their social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter.


"When we seek employment, we would never be expected to provide our prospective employer with personal information, such as family photos," said Assemblymember Nora Campos. "The same expectations must be applied to social media, where a user's personal profile is just that – personal."

In addition to the prohibition the bill would place on requirements that applicants provide prospective employees with access to their social media accounts, AB 1844 specifically eliminates an employer's responsibility to search or monitor social media before hiring the employee as part of its duty under existing law to exercise reasonable care in employing a person and is required to use reasonable care to discover whether a potential employee is unfit or incompetent.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are 129 cases from across the nation before the National Labor Relations Board in which employer workplace policies around social media are being scrutinized. In California, this ambiguity in social media policies has led to a broad coalition of support for AB 1844, including from the CalChamber, ACLU, AFSCME, and members of the tech community.

The bill will be heard before the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 24th at 9 a.m. in the Capital room 4202.

Legislative History of AB 1844

First introduced to the California State Assembly on February 22, 2012; AB 1844 requires passage through the Assembly Judiciary Committee. If successfully passed, it will go to the Assembly Labor Committee for a vote on May 2,2012. Upon successful passage in that committee, AB 1844 will be sent back to the full Assembly for a vote.

About Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose)

Nora Campos was elected in November 2010 to represent the 23rd Assembly District, encompassing approximately half of the city of San Jose, including East San Jose, downtown and the Monterey Road corridor. She previously served as a City Councilmember in San Jose, where she was first elected in 2001 in a special election and twice overwhelmingly re-elected to represent residents in East San Jose.

Assemblymember Campos is the Chair of the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media Committee, where she is focusing her efforts on bridging the gap between the high-tech, education and arts sectors, while ensuring that our Internet and entertainment industries in California are able to thrive and continue to grow.

Key pieces of legislation introduced by Assemblymember Campos are AB 403 and AB 746. AB 403 would require the State Department of Public Health to establish a primary drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium (Chromium 6) before January 1, 2013. This cancer-causing contaminant is widely found throughout drinking water in California. Assemblymember Campos introduced AB 403 because she believes that all residents in California deserve access to clean drinking water, free from harmful contaminants.

AB 746 is Assemblymember Campos' Cyber Bullying legislation. This bill simply clarifies the language of the existing law to specifically include any posts on social networking sites in the definition of bullying. This bill has received wide support from various stakeholders.

At the local level, Campos forged a $73.5 million public/private partnership that turned a once neglected area and former beacon for crime and blight into a major economic engine for San Jose, increasing the tax base by 105 percent. Campos maintained a commitment to providing increased access to affordable housing for renters and first-time home-buyers, while working with public and private entities to create jobs and stimulate California's economy.

While on the City Council, Nora Campos also partnered with Grail Family Services in the development of the reading mentor program, "Yes, We Can...READ!" This program connects Silicon Valley professionals with elementary students in East San Jose as reading mentors, spending one hour a week together to develop the children's literacy skills. This program was the first of its kind in East San Jose.

In addition to her accomplishments as an Assemblymember and City Councilmember, Nora Campos is a founding member of the San Jose Latino Leadership Alliance (LLA). LLA aims to identify, develop and support future leadership. In partnership with Stanford University, LLA created a Leadership Academy for professionals in 2010, providing them with the tools to advance in business, community, education and civic leadership positions.

Assemblymember Campos also serves on the Santa Clara County Public Health Department's Communities Putting Prevention to Work Leadership Team and is on the Honorary Council for Destination: Home.

Raised in East San Jose, Campos currently lives in San Jose. Campos received a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and is an alumnus of the Alum Rock and East Side Union school districts. She is married and has one son.

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Media Contact: Maria Noel Fernandez CA State Assemblymember Nora Campos, (408) 277-1220,

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