In the information age, when data is just a few keystrokes away, it seems lazy and downright intrusive that employers would ask prospective workers for social media user names and passwords during the interview process.

Simply put, everyone should have the right for private information to be kept private, even to someone who might someday write that person a paycheck.

Kansas lawmakers are correct in seeking support for measures that would limit employers’ access to the social media accounts of job applicants. One would protect job seekers from employers who want access to their social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter. Another bill would ban colleges and universities from asking for the same information from students and potential students.

Employers have no claim to the personal information of people already working at their businesses, let alone those whom they are thinking of bringing on board.

The screening process for potential employees is an arduous task. It used to be that a resume, list of references and an interview were the only way for employers to glean enough information to make a hiring decision.

The information highway has opened more opportunities to learn more about employment candidates. Nothing is illegal about a Google search, and anything that appears on the public portion of a Facebook or Twitter account should be considered fair game.

There is a big difference between public information and private that is stored on Facebook. An individual determines that, and — much like a diary, banking records or medical information — an employer has no right to anything deemed by a person to be private.

We all have a right to as much privacy as we deem to be appropriate.

— The Hutchinson News