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Does your boss need access to your Facebook page?

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Should you have to give your boss or potential employers access to your Facebook page? Should you have to give your boss or potential employers access to your Facebook page?
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Should your boss have access to your private Facebook posts and photos?  Some companies are now requiring potential and current employees give them access to their social media activity, but a new bill proposed in Georgia would ban that.

More than likely, your current or potential employers are checking out what you do online.  Experts say a growing number of companies are even requiring that you turn over your passwords to accounts like Facebook and Twitter.   

Chris Havrilla is a recruiting consultant whom companies turn to when they're looking for new employees.  She says looking at your Facebook and Twitter accounts are all part of the hiring process now.

"The rule of thumb is if you don't want your mother to know, don't want your employer to know, don't want your friends to know, it probably shouldn't go up online," Havrilla said.  

In 2009, a Barrow County teacher was fired over Facebook photos that showed her holding an alcoholic drink while she was on vacation in Europe. Now, a state lawmaker wants to step in.  

If it passes, House Bill 116 would prevent employers and potential employers from asking for access to your social media accounts.  Six states have already passed bills similar to the one Representative Sandra Scott is proposing.

OUR GOOD DAY HOT TOPIC QUESTION: What would you do if you were asked to allow access to your social media accounts to get a job? Post your comments on our FOX 5 Atlanta Facebook page, or tweet us @GoodDayAtlanta.

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