U.S. House Rejects CISPA Amendment Banning Employers From Asking For Facebook Passwords

By Justin Lafferty 

All over the U.S., states are passing legislation banning employers from asking for their employees’ social media login information. However, an amendment to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA, which Facebook no longer supports) shunning this practice was shot down by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Huffington Post reported that the amendment to CISPA was voted down 224-189, with Republicans taking up the majority of the “nay” vote. CISPA passed the House previously, but it has yet to be approved by the Senate.

The amendment was proposed by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), who made a statement before his fellow representatives before the vote:

This is a very simple amendment that really does two things. It helps the individual protect his right to privacy, and it doesn’t allow the employer to impersonate that particular employee when other people are interacting with that person across social media platforms.

Most recently, Oregon and Colorado have taken this under consideration, and the movement has spread throughout the country.

This is not the first time Perlmutter has had a social media privacy bill rejected. Last year, the House rejected a similar motion by the Colorado politician.

Readers: Has an employer ever asked you for your Facebook login information?