Maryland is on its way to being the first state to make it illegal for employers to demand Facebook passwords from applicants or workers.
The state bill has passed the Maryland legislature and is awaiting Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature to turn the legislation into law, according to the Washington Post. Advocates for the measure said the bill was necessary because it violated privacy and intimidated job seekers and employees.
The entire bill came about because of a Maryland corrections officer was asked for the password to his Facebook account after coming back on the job after a leave. Although he complied, he said he felt violated and embarrassed. “It almost seemed that my compliance was compulsory,” Robert Collins told the Associated Press.