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CISPA Amendment Banning Employers from Requiring Facebook Passwords Has Been Blocked

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Bad news for all Facebook users (or at least employed ones). There has been a last minute amendment to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA, that would ban employers from asking employers for their social media passwords — but the measure was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives.The provision was voted down 224-189, with Republicans making up the majority.

The act was intended to help protect the rights of individuals privacy, by not allowing the employer to impersonate that particular employee when other people are interacting with that person across social media platforms.

Here’s what congressman ED Perlmutter, D-Colorado, explained about the act:

People have an expectation of privacy when using social media like Facebook and Twitter. They have an expectation that their right to free speech and religion will be respected when they use social media outlets. No American should have to provide their confidential personal passwords as a condition of employment. Both users of social media and those who correspond share the expectation of privacy in their personal communications. Employers essentially can act as imposters and assume the identity of an employee and continually access, monitor and even manipulate an employee’s personal social activities and opinions. That’s simply a step too far.

So what do you think about possibly having to share your passwords on your personal social media?

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