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State Legislators consider social media privacy bill

Whether you're positing a group photo from Saturday night's party on face book or tweeting your latest rant on twitter-your posts could be read by potential employers.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Whether you're positing a group photo from Saturday night's party on face book or tweeting  your latest rant on twitter-your posts could be read by potential employers.

"It acts as almost a background check but it's not a criminal background check," Dr. Clampitt says.

He is a communications professor at UW Green Bay and also interviews potential faculty members. 

"When I talk to them I always ask them when I go on Twitter, when I go on Facebook, what am I going to find out about you?"

Dr. Clampitt says he doesn't actually look at their accounts but many employers do.  In fact some employers have gone as far as asking workers to turn over their social media accounts. 

"If you represent a particular organization and you have an employee who says I am from that organization and you're saying negative things about them and you're representing as being part of that, that organization has a legitimate right to monitor that," he says.

But Wisconsin lawmakers want to change that and make it illegal for employers to access their workers social media accounts and many employees agree.

"They should respect people's privacy and just leave that part of their life alone.  I don't think it has anything to do with work," Taylor Duesing says.

"That's their privacy no matter what," David Diaz adds, "and they have a right to keep their own privacy their business."

"That's personal life not business, Christopher Bery says. "It shouldn't have anything to do with what you're doing outside of work."

The bill still needs to pass the State Assembly and State Senate but has bipartisan support.

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