Last year, Congress introduced the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA), which would prohibit employers from asking for Facebook and other social media passwords of applicants, employees, and students. The proposed legislation died at the end of the 2012 session. Since then, at least six states, including California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey, all passed statewide bills making this practice illegal. More than a dozen other states have introduced similar legislation since Congress first introduced SNOPA.
Last week, SNOPA was reintroduced by Representatives Eliot Engel and Michael Grimm from New York and Jan Schakowsky from Illinois. The bill would ban employers and schools from being able to request or require that employees, job applicants, students, or student applicants provide a user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account on any social networking website such as Facebook or Twitter. The legislation would also protect email and any other personal user generated content.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink