by Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
7:05 PM CST, January 28, 2013
A bill in the Kansas legislature is meant to protect your privacy on social media. Representative Gail Finney introduced legislation to prevent employers and prospective employers from demanding access to your personal Facebook and other social media accounts.
Finney also wants to give the same rights to students at colleges and universities. She introduced three bills dealing with the issue, House Bills 2092, 2093 and 2094.
Not everybody supports the idea.
"I think for a lot of employers, they want to make sure they maintain a certain image of responsibility, so I don't think there should be a law prohibiting it necessarily," Wichita State student Adam Cole says.
But the legislation would prohibit employers from either requesting or requring employees or job applicants to make their social media pages available for inspection. A similar bill relates to universities and students.
Todd Ramsey runs a local ad agency and also teaches classes on social media.
"I think this is an issue of personal responsibility, not legislation," Ramsey says.
Ramsey says the terms of service on Facebook and other sites make it clear that posts are public information. He says if you 're worried about employers looking at what you post, you may be posting things you shouldn't.
"I think when you sign up for a social media site like Facebook or Twitter, you are basically abdicating your privacy," Ramsey says.
Wichita State student Craig Swonger agrees.
"I wouldn't put anything out there that I wouldn't want just anybody to know," Swonger says.
Fellow student Paul Odhuno feels the same way.
"It would be good for somebody to see my Facebook account before I am hired," Odhuno says.
But several posts by Eyewitness News viewers on the KWCH Facebook page disagree. It'll be up to Kansas lawmakers to decide.
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