House Kills Motion To Deny Employer Access To Employee Facebook Passwords
March 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM (PT)
A bill that would have let the FCC prevent employers from forcing workers to divulge their FACEBOOK passwords was defeated in the HOUSE late TUESDAY night, THE HUFFINGTON POST reported. The measure failed, 184 to 236, with no Republicans voting for it.
Democrats wrote the bill after new reports cropped up about employers demanding access to social media accounts of their employees; some senators have already asked THE JUSTICE DEPT. to investigate those incidents.
"Those that are using these kinds of social media have an expectation of privacy," bill supporter Rep. ED PERLMUTTER (D-CO)said. "They have an expectation that their right to free speech or their right to free religion will be respected when they use these social media outlets ... If you are a FACEBOOK user, you should never have to share your password."
"You don't protect the consumer," Rep. GREG WALDEN (R-OR.) said of this bill. "And there are many of us who after this debate concludes and moves on, would be happy to work with you on legislation because I think this is a real issue that we all share, and that is protecting privacy. This doesn't do that."