Dems Propose Bill To Protect Employee Social Media Privacy

Law360, New York (May 9, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT) -- A group of House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced companion bills that would bar employers from demanding access to workers' password-protected accounts on sites such as Facebook as a condition for employment.

The Password Protection Act of 2012 would enhance current law to prohibit compelling or coercing workers into giving current or prospective employers private account access and information, according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

“Employers seeking access to passwords or confidential information on social networks, email accounts or other protected Internet services is an...
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