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Washington Passes Password-Protection Bill

Washington’s governor has signed a law prohibiting employers from asking potential employees for passwords to social media accounts, the Associated Press reports. The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens), who said he was pleased the bill passed.

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Researchers: Hold Off on Application Privacy, Protection and Security Act

Research reports on calls to hold off on the proposed Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act. The Marketing Research Association (MRA) is concerned the act would empower the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “to define what the term ‘personal data’ meant, as the MRA had already seen in a previous act’s amendment debate that the FTC thought this meant that almost any piece of information could be personally identifiable,” the report states.

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U.S. Gov’t: Warrantless E-mail Access OK; Legislators Intro Bills

The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have said they don’t believe they need search warrants for access to Americans’ electronic communications, CNET reports. That’s according to internal documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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