Colorado law prohibits employers from suggesting, requesting or requiring that an employee or job applicant disclose any user name, password or other means to access the individual’s personal account through his personal computer, telephone, or similar electronic communications device. Also prohibited is compelling the employee or applicant to add anyone as a contact on his social media account or to change his privacy settings. An employer cannot discharge, discipline, penalize, or refuse to hire an employee or applicant who does not provide access to personal accounts. Employers may, however, investigate an employee to ensure compliance with securities or financial law or to investigate suspected unauthorized downloading of the employer’s proprietary or financial information.
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