- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Employers and schools in Louisiana will be prohibited from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office announced Friday that the governor has signed into law the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James, which is called the “Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act.”

The measure bans employers and public schools, including colleges, from requesting usernames, passwords or other authentication information that allows them to access personal online accounts.

It also prohibits an employer from firing or disciplining someone or a school from expelling or disciplining a student for refusing to provide the information if requested.

The prohibition doesn’t apply to company-owned devices.

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House Bill 340 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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