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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 503        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1707


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to social network privacy and employment.






Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Joseph F. Wagner

8th Hampden

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 503        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1707

By Ms. Coakley-Rivera of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1707) of Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera and others relative to social network privacy and employment.  Labor and Workforce Development. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to social network privacy and employment.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 188 the following section:- 

              (a) It shall be unlawful for any employer to:

              i.              require, request, suggest, or cause an employee or applicant to disclose a user name, password or any other means for access, or provide access through a user name or password, to a personal social media account or service;

              ii.              compel an employee or applicant, as a condition of employment or consideration for employment, to add anyone, including the employer or their agent, to their list of contacts associated with a personal social media account or service; or

              iii.              take or threaten any adverse action against an employee or applicant for refusing to disclose any information specified in subclause (a) or for refusing to add the employer to their list of contacts associated with a social media account or service, as specified in subclause (b).

              (b) “Social media” means an electronic medium allowing users to create, share, and view user-generated content, including, but not limited to, uploading or downloading videos or still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, messages, e-mails, or Internet Web site profiles or locations. 

              (c) “Employer” shall include any agent, representative, or designee of the employer.

              (d) This section shall not apply to any social media account or service opened for or provided by an employer and intended solely for professional purposes.

              (e) Nothing in this section shall prohibit an employer from obtaining information about an applicant or employee that is in the public domain.

              (f) Nothing in this section shall limit an employer’s right to promulgate and maintain lawful workplace policies governing the use of the employer’s electronic equipment, including policies regarding use of the internet, email, or social media.

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