Should bosses be able to ask for your Facebook password?

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jan 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-27 18:51:20-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Should bosses be able to ask for your Facebook password?

Regardless of where you stand on the issue it is a growing trend across the country.

CNN reports a Baltimore area man was asked to hand over the password in order to have his job reinstated.

The Virginia State Police has  a version of this in their hiring process for new recruits.

VSP Spokeperson Corinne Geller says applicants are asked if they want to share their page with background investigators. If they say yes, a background investigator will watch as the applicant logs in to their social media site of choice.

One area lawmaker is hoping to change that and make that question illegal.

"It is a privacy bill, seven states have passed this legislation," Del. Chris Peace (R-Hanover) said.

"I believe in private property and privacy interests," Peace added.

The bill is not a fix all however. Employers would still be able to look online for what "public" information you have posted.

The bill is expected to be debated in a House Committee soon.