California Assembly Passes Bill To Protect Facebook Users’ Passwords

By David Cohen 

The fight to protect Facebook users’ passwords and other private information is taking place on both the national and state level, as the Assembly in California passed a bill Thursday that would deny employers from accessing anything designated as private by users of Facebook and other social networks.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Assembly Bill 1844, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose), passed without a dissenting vote, and its next stop is the state Senate.

Under terms of the bill, employers would still be able to access publicly available information on social networks, according to the Times.

Campos told the newspaper:

As our culture changes around social media, our laws need to reflect those changes, and we must make sure we protect employees’ privacy.

State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), sponsor of a similar bill, told the Times:

We feel very strongly about this issue. What’s private and personal should remain private and personal. Nobody should have to give up any of that information to get a job or to get admitted to a university.

Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan issued a strongly worded statement in March, urging users of the social network to never surrender their passwords.

Readers: Would you like to see similar legislation pushed forward in your state?

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