Oklahoma Enacts Social Media Law

Effective November 1, 2014, Oklahoma law HB 2372 prohibits employers from requiring employees or prospective employees to provide user names, passwords, or access to their personal social media accounts. The law (a) prohibits employers from taking personnel action that negatively affects the terms and conditions of the job (e.g. termination, pay reduction, or assignment changes) of a current employee that refuses to give the employer access to his or her social media account, and (b) makes it illegal to refuse to hire a prospective employee for withholding access. Exceptions include requiring access to an employee’s account for purposes of a work-related investigation.

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