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Bill filed to stop employers from accessing employee’s social media accounts

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has recently filed Senate Bill No. 2681 which seeks to “bar employers from compelling employees or even applicants to divulge their passwords for online accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.”

This also applies to “all online accounts which allow users to create, share, and view user-generated content, including photos, blogs, videos, audio recordings, instant messages, electronic mail, or other information.”

Under the proposed law, employers cannot:

(1) Require or request employees or applicants to disclose passwords or other credentials that may be used to access their online accounts;


(2) Compel employees or applicants to add the employer or an employment agency to their list of contacts associated with a social media website; and

(3) Compel employees or applicants to access a personal social media account in the presence of the employer, so that the employer may view the contents of the personal social media account.

In addition, it also protects employees from being punished if they refuse to grant their employers access to their social media accounts. It also ensures that granting access to personal accounts will not be part of hiring requirements.

“Most people have social media accounts for sharing personal insights and storing personal information. They deserve the same statutory protection against invasion and abuse of their privacy on the internet and social media,” Sen. Santiago said.


This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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8 Responses

  1. dzandueta says:

    I don’t know how common is this matter of employers “requiring” access to employees’ social media accounts, but this has been going on a lot in the U.S. Thus, this bill is probably a proactive one.

    Goes to show the feisty senator stays on top of current events, especially on those involving technology and people’s lives.

  2. tipz says:

    Sa wakas. a bill long overdue. :D

    Huli n tayo pag dating s mga ganitong batas.

  3. Easy E says:

    Para lalo pang ipagtibay ang ating “right to privacy”. Pero syempre ano man na i-post mo publicly ay mababasa pa rin naman ng employer mo.
    Malaki tiwala ko Sen Miriam. :D

  4. denise says:

    I just don’t see the reason why employers need to get the password to a PERSONAL account like Facebook. Kaya nga andami ng privacy ek-ek ang binago ng Facebook para sa mga users eh.

  5. Lorenz says:

    :) hehehe! it’s more of like there are employees that are very unsatisfied with the office they are working it, and where will they shout it loud? on FB, twitter and etc. this might be one of the reason i think.

  6. Hiro says:

    At last. Hopefully this bill goes through. Every year, before we accept applicants to our department, some of our seniors, during meetings, always ask us to show the FB page of the applicant, using an LCD projector. Although this was all done for fun, it is still an invasion of privacy.

    • Silverlokk says:

      Not really, at least if they were projecting only the applicants’ public postings.

      Now, if they were showing even “private” status updates, that’s something else. It would’ve meant that they had the applicants’ login credentials

  7. jherwynne says:

    Nagiging stalker kasi ni employee ang employer nya sa FB kapag absent sa trabaho.

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