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Us Act Takes Aim at Employee Online Privacy

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Us Act Takes Aim at Employee Online Privacy

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New legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives hopes to prohibit employers from asking for details such as usemames and passwords in order to gain access to employee profiles on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) would outlaw the practice in the recruitment process for new employees, as well as in any disciplinary actions, and staff could not be punished for refusing to reveal the information. The principle would also apply to students applying for college or university.

Organisations are increasingly searching such social media sites for signs of a prospective candidate's suitability for employment, but privacy settings can be configured so that a profile will not appear when entered into a search engine.

"There have been a number of reports about employers requiring new applicants to give their username and password as part of the hiring process," said Congressman Eliot Engel, who is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and main sponsor of the legislation. …

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