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New bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown keeps employers and schools from demanding access to your social networks.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a pair of privacy bills making it illegal for employers and colleges to demand access to your Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts.
Brown made sure to go social with the signing, announcing that he signed the bills on Twitter, Facebook and even Google Plus.
Brown announced Thursday that he signed AB1844 by Assemblywoman Nora Torres, a Democrat from Pomona. The bill prohibits employers from demanding usernames and passwords from employees and job applicants.
However, the restriction does not apply to passwords or information used on employer-issued electronic devices.
The governor also signed SB1349 by Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco. The companion bill makes it illegal for colleges and universities to demand social media usernames and passwords from students and prospective students.
Brown says the legislation will protect Californians from "unwarranted invasions."