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New Washington Law Protects Employees’ Social Media Accounts



by Lane Powell PC - Seattle Office

May 27, 2013

Previously published on May 23, 2013

On May 21, Governor Jay Inslee signed a new Washington state law that makes it unlawful for employers to require an employee or applicant to disclose social networking website usernames or passwords, or to force an employee or applicant to add any person to the employee’s list of social networking contacts. This law becomes effective July 28.


 

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