New state law helps protect your social network privacy

SPOKANE, Wash. - New state law helps protect your social network privacy

A new Washington state law went into effect Sunday. It prohibits your boss from asking you for any of your social media passwords.

Before, some employers would ask potential employees for their passwords during an interview. After all they're making an investment in you, so they should get to know what might get out.

"They want to know what their behaviors are, so I think on their end it's very smart to do that research," April Dick said.

But April doesn't think it's fair, even if she has nothing to hide.

"I think that the overall process would be better if they just didn't ask anybody," Dick said.

Kate Van Amringe also agrees with the new law.

"I do believe that that is a part of my personal life that wouldn't directly correlate to what I have to do at work," she said.

The new law also prohibits employers from making workers 'friend' their managers online, so they could view the profile.

"Individuals that write on Facebook have a right to have their own conversations with their own friends in their own way, without interference from an employer," Mike Boyer said.