Labor and Public Employees Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-426

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYEE ONLINE PRIVACY.

Vote Date:

3/12/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/5/2015

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Labor and Public Employee Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To protect employees and job applicants from having to disclose their personal online account information to employers.

Substitute Language: (LCO # 4799) The substitute language was amended to remove in lines 10 and 11 “or review”. It also prohibits an employer from requiring an employee or applicant to accept the employer into a group affiliated with his or her personal on line account.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Senator Martin Looney testified in support. This bill prohibits an employer from requesting or requiring an employee or job applicant to provide them with his or her password to personal on- line accounts. This bill strikes the right balance between protecting the privacy of citizens and employees and protects employers' information.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Connecticut Council of Police Unions, AFSCME Council 15 testified in support but with some changes. This bill exempts law enforcement form these protections. We would suggest deleting the words “or review” on lines 10 and 11. This would allow law enforcement agencies to conduct a comprehensive review of potential candidates.

David McGuire, ACLU supports the bill. Our office has been contacted by job applicants who have been told that they would be denied employment if they did not give their personal passwords to their on- line accounts. These are the modern day equivalents of mail boxes

and employers are not permitted to search through one's personal postal mail and they should not be allowed to search thru protected electronic correspondences

Eric Gjede, CBIA testified in support of the bill. The bill raises legitimate privacy concerns shared by both employers and employees. This bill is similar to other language developed by the State Privacy and Security Coalition. This was adopted in several other states.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Submitted

Reported by: Pamela Bianca

Date: 3/27/2015