Tennessee Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014

2008 CLE TN flagBeginning in 2015, employers in Tennessee cannot request or require access to social networking or electronic accounts of applicants or employees. The law, called the “Employee Online Privacy Protection Act of 2014,” was passed in this year’s legislative session and becomes effective on January 1.

There are some important exceptions. Under the Act, an employer may:

  • request or require log-in information (username or password) to access an electronic device provided by or paid for (in whole or in part) by the employer;
  • request or require log-in information (username or password) to access an electronic account or service obtained because of the employment or used for the employer’s business purposes;
  • monitor, review, access, or block data that resides on an electronic device provided by or paid for (in whole or in part) by the employer or data that is stored on the employer’s network (provided that it complies with applicable federal and state laws); or
  • obtain, access, or view electronic information about an applicant or employee that is in the public domain or that can be accessed without violating the restrictions placed by the Act.

 

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About Andrew (Andy) Wampler

For over a decade, I have provided legal services to businesses and individuals in Northeast Tennessee. I spend time litigating breaches of contract, medical malpractice, and commercial disputes and have worked on a number of transactions. I also advise businesses, working much of my time on healthcare and employment matters.

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