New Jersey’s Facebook-Privacy law was released today by a Senate committee. The bill, like the laws passed in Maryland, Illinois, and California would bar employers from asking employees for information about their social-media accounts. Employers had shown support for the bill except for the provision that creates a private right of action against an employer who violates the law. The laws previously passed do not expressly provide that an employee may bring suit for a violation.
The committee also passed a similar bill that would prohibit colleges from requiring students for their social-networking-site passwords. Delaware was the first and, thus far the only, State to pass a password-privacy law applicable to academic institutions.