Senator Miriam moves to protect social media users from employers

“Most people have social media accounts for sharing personal insights and storing personal information. They deserve the same statutory protection against invasion and abuse of their privacy on the internet and social media,” Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said. She cited the Article 3, Section 3 of Philippine Constitution that “the privacy of communication and correspondence shall be inviolable except upon lawful order of the court, or when public safety or order requires otherwise, as prescribed by law.”

“One way that privacy may be invaded is when employers compel employees or applicants for employment to divulge passwords to their accounts for whatever purpose. This is an invasion of privacy and must be prohibited,” the lady senator said.

In light of this, Senator Santiago filed a bill that will prohibit employers to require or request employees or applicants to disclose information that may be used to access their online accounts.

This will also prohibit employers to compel employees or applicants to add the employer or an employment agency to their list of contacts associated with a social media website; and access a personal social media account in the presence of the employer, so that the employer may view the contents of the personal social media account.