01 May '12, 4pm

New Legislation in Congress Supports Facebook User Privacy

A new bill proposed by Eliot Engel (NY-D) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-D) known as the “Social Networking Online Protection Act” is the first legislation in Congress that addresses the practice of pre-employment Facebook screenings and is intended to make the practice itself an illegal act. Should SNOPA be signed into law, it would outright ban employers from requiring their employees to submit confidential information (such as passwords or other login credentials) to their social networking accounts. If SNOPA passes, any employer in violation of the law would be subject to a $10,000 civil penalty. Congressman Engel issued the following statement regarding SNOPA: “We must draw the line somewhere and define what is private. No one would feel comfortable going to a public place and giving out their username and passwords to total strangers. They should not be required to do so at ...

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