Utah Bill Would Keep Facebook Passwords Private

Law360, New York (February 22, 2013, 4:54 PM EST) -- An Internet privacy bill passed Thursday by the Utah House of Representatives would prohibit employers and colleges from requesting workers' or students' passwords or user names for Facebook or other social media accounts, and fine them if they do.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Stewart Barlow, would enact the Internet Employment Privacy Act and the Internet Postsecondary Education Privacy Act. It was passed by a vote of 65 to 4. Utah now joins several other states whose legislatures have begun to wade into the thicket of Internet privacy. Congress has gotten into the act as well.

The IEPA would prohibit an...

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