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Reps Introduce Legislation on Employee Rights, Drone Usage

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 25, 2012

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) has introduced legislation to prevent employers from requiring job applicants or employees to provide access to their social media accounts, VTDigger reports. The Password Protection Act of 2012 “would prohibit compelling or coercing employees to provide access to data stored in private accounts,” the report states. Welch said that employees “have a legitimate expectation of privacy when using Facebook or Twitter,” and the legislation would prevent “fishing expeditions into employees’ private lives.” Meanwhile, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) has proposed a bill that would prevent federal, state and local authorities from using drones to surveil Americans without a warrant.
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