Rhode Island law provides protections for employees’ and applicants’ personal social media accounts (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-56-1 et seq.). More specifically, employers are prohibited from:
• Requiring, coercing, or requesting employees or applicants to disclose passwords or any other means for accessing personal social media accounts;
• Requiring, coercing, or requesting employees or applicants to access personal social media accounts in the presence of the employer or representative; or
• Requiring or coercing employees or applicants to divulge any personal social media account information, except when it is reasonably believed to be relevant to an investigation of allegations of employee misconduct or workplace-related violation of applicable laws and regulations and when it is not otherwise prohibited by law or constitution (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-56-2). However, such information must be accessed and used only to the extent necessary for the investigation or a related proceeding .
Rhode Island law also bars employers from compelling employees or ...