House Floats Bill Banning Facebook Ultimatums

Law360, New York (April 27, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT) -- Federal legislators introduced a bill Friday to bar current and prospective employers from requiring job candidates and employees to submit their usernames and passwords for social networking sites such as Facebook.

The Social Networking Online Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., would prohibit employers, schools and universities from requiring such information or to deny employment or penalize candidates, employees or students for refusing to give up such information, according to a statement by Engel.

"Social media sites have become a widespread communications tool —...
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