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+ - Bill banning employer Facebook snooping introduced in Congress-> 1

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "The Social Networking Online Protection Act, introduced by Democratic Reps. Eliot Engel (N.Y.) and Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), would prohibit current or potential employers from demanding a username or password to a social networking account. "We must draw the line somewhere and define what is private," Engel said in a statement. "No one would feel comfortable going to a public place and giving out their username and passwords to total strangers. They should not be required to do so at work, at school, or while trying to obtain work or an education. This is a matter of personal privacy and makes sense in our digital world.”

The bill would apply the same prohibitions to colleges, universities, and K-12 schools. Facebook has already threatened legal action against organizations who require employees to reveal their Facebook passwords as policy. While Maryland was the first state to pass legislation, several states have taken up legislation to block the practice as well, following reports of the spread of the practice by the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times."

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Bill banning employer Facebook snooping introduced in Congress

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  • Talk about totally half-assed lawmaking.

    Employers are already bypassing the implications of this law by instead demanding that a prospective-employee simply login to their facebook page as part of the interview process.

    No username or password was "demanded" from anyone, no existing or proposed laws were broken.

    Seriously behind the times legal misadventures.

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