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Legislators To Introduce Employee Privacy Bill

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 9, 2012

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is expected to introduce federal legislation today that would ban employers from requiring current or potential employees to provide passwords to their Facebook or other online accounts, Echo Press reports. Klobuchar will announce the legislation with Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM). "This is about the right to privacy," Klobuchar said. "No person should be forced to reveal their private online communications just to get a job. This is another example of making sure our laws keep up with advances in technology and that fundamental values like the right to privacy are protected." Maryland recently passed a similar bill. Editor's note: For more on this topic, see "Employers are making good use of applicants' social network profiles, but should they?" from the May edition of The Privacy Advisor.
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