House Dems Float Employee Social Media Privacy Bill

Law360, New York (May 23, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT) -- A pair of House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled the latest bill aimed at barring employers from demanding direct access to current and prospective employees’ password-protected accounts on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

With the support of a bipartisan group of more than 30 co-sponsors, Reps. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., introduced the Password Protection Act of 2013, which is nearly identical to a measure floated by Perlmutter and another colleague last May, which failed to make it out of the House Judiciary Committee before the end of the legislative session. 

The new bill would prevent employers from requiring current...

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