An interesting article reports that violations of password protected social media accounts begins early. According to this article in the American Bar Association Journal, spying on students is rampant in colleges and high school. It’s taken legislation, for example in Delaware and California, to stop university officials from not only demanding passwords, but also installing spyware on students’ computers.
In Maryland, as reported here when the first major publicized incident erupted, a new law forbids such intrusions. The User Name and Password Privacy Protection and Exclusions Act prohibits employers from requiring applicants and employees to allow access to their facebook or other social media accounts.
Other laws are under consideration. Without the laws, it appears that school officials and many employers will demand access to areas most people feel are part of their private lives.