So maybe the House passed CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) and all our private online data is imperiled, mewling before the greedy claws of the the government, but hey–some in congress apparently think giving your password to your boss is a step too far. To that end, New York representative Eliot Engel and Illinois congresswoman Jan Schakowsky have introduced a bill in the House that would ban employers from seeking your Facebook password! They’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
The inelegantly named Social Networking Protection Act is a response to multiple reports indicating prospective and current employers are demanding full access to employees’ Facebook accounts. Ars Technica has more:
The bill seeks to block any employer from requiring current or potential employees to turn over login credentials to any person; online content can not be used as a condition of employment to “discriminate or deny employment to individuals, nor punish them for refusing to volunteer the information.” The bill would apply the same prohibitions to colleges, universities, and K-12 schools. Similar legislation being written by Senators Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) and Chuck Schumer (New York), is expected to be introduced in the Senate later this year.
Facebook is also prepared to legally block companies that demand passwords as a matter of course. After all, as Ars Technica notes, it’s against a 26-year-old law.