Louisiana law provides protections for employees’ and applicants’ personal Internet accounts (H.B. 340). More specifically, under the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act, 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 ...