Social Media Privacy Story Collection

Across the country, a growing number of employers and schools are demanding that applicants, employees, and students hand over the passwords to their private social media accounts such as Facebook. That’s unacceptable.

Private communications and activities deserve the same protections online and offline. We would never allow employers or school staff to search our homes, read our diaries or mail, listen in on private gatherings with friends, or look at our private videos or photo albums. Our digital data deserves the same protections.

On Beacon Hill, the ACLU of Massachusetts is advocating for legislation to do just that: protect our privacy on social media from schools or employers that want to snoop. But in order to fight for this legislation, we need your help!

We're collecting stories of people who have had their privacy breached by a school or employer. If you've had your rights violated, let us know.

In your story, be sure to include:

  • What information did the employer/school ask for (ex. password, screenshots, accepting a friend/follow request, etc.)?
  • Were you enrolled/employed at the time by the offending institution?
  • Were there consequences if you did not give hand over the requested information?

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