Australia: Swaab Social Media Survey for Australia
Last Updated: 3 April 2013

Our Meritas affiliate firm in Ohio, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, has brought to our attention the recently introduced Ohio Senate Bill 45, which, if passed, will prohibit employers "from requiring (a job) applicant or employee to provide access to private electronic accounts of the applicant or employee." We have previously commented on the legal risks in Australia for an employer (or potential employer) who might make this type of request or use information obtained as a result.

In addition to those risks, there is the risk that the Bill may catch the attention of regulators here, and lead to moves to further regulate business activity in a similar way, because of perceived "need". However, the reality is that there is nothing to suggest, at least in Australia, from our experience and that of our clients, that an issue even exists that this type of legislation needs to address.

The survey is completely anonymous and once we have compiled the responses to the survey we will provide you with a report on our findings.

We feel that this is an issue that holds great relevance in today's day and age and appreciate the time you take to complete our survey, and help provide a clear picture of what is happening in practice, so as to have the ammunition to resist any similar intrusive and unnecessary business regulation.

If you have any questions about your social media practices in your business, please also let us know. TAKE THE SURVEY

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