On May 2, Maryland became the first state in the country to enact legislation that prohibits employers from asking employee or job applicants to disclose user names, passwords or other login data for personal electronic accounts, including social media accounts. The law was enacted in response to an incident in which a former Maryland corrections officer was asked by a supervisor to disclose his Facebook log in information.  

While similar legislation has not yet been enacted in other states, asking employees or applicants to provide access information to personal accounts may be in violation of state privacy laws.