Employer Access to Social Media Accounts

Posted by Rosemary Brkopac

Fri, Oct 05, 2012

One of the most interesting rulings I’ve read about recently was made a couple of weeks ago in California, where a federal judge quashed Home Depot's attempt to access all images and posts made by a former employee via a variety of social media platforms over the course of seven years. The poster, a former Home Depot employee, had sued the retail giant over a claim of termination due to unlawful discrimination.  Briefly, Home Depot stated they wanted access to the accounts in order to establish the mental state of the ex-employee.  Home Depot was granted access to some information – but it was limited to posts concerning her job only.  Although the judge ruled the original demand by Home Depot was too broad, their startling request will be of no surprise to readers of my blog posts, who may recall that back in March of 2011 I reported (Facebook Password Shocker) incidents of a similar nature:   

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Topics: Privacy Protect, Social Media Monitoring, social media, Home Depot, Lawon

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