Louisiana law provides protections for employees’ and applicants’ personal Internet accounts (H.B. 340). More specifically, under the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act, effective August 1, 2014, employers are prohibited from:
• Requesting or requiring employees or applicants to disclose usernames, passwords, or other authentication information that allows access to their personal online accounts; or
• Discharging, disciplining, failing to hire, or otherwise penalizing or threatening to penalize employees or applicants for failure to disclose such information.
Definitions. The law defines a “personal online account” as an online account that the employee or applicant uses exclusively for personal communications ...