SEATTLE -- Washington has become the fifth state this year to sign into law protections of social media passwords at the workplace and job interviews.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill Tuesday, wrapping up a session of negotiations between privacy advocates and business lobbyists who were worried that the new law would hamper security for proprietary or confidential information.
The measure, sponsored by Democrat Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens, bars employers from asking for a Facebook, Twitter or other social media personal passwords during a job interview or at the workplace.
The bill, however, allows companies to request "content" of employee social media sites during internal investigations, which can be opened if an employer has received a tip that a worker may be leaking information.