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Legislating Social Media in the States

After a three-month leave of absence in 2010, Robert Collins decided to return to work as a Maryland corrections officer. Collins had left under amiable terms (his mother had died), and he expected no surprises as he went through the recertification process for a position at the state prison in Jessup. But during an interview in December, an investigator asked a question that Collins hadn’t heard before: Do you have a social media account? Can we have your user name and password?