Raleigh, N.C. — Potential employers and universities would not be able to ask for access to an applicant's private email or social media accounts under a measure the state House gave tentative approval to Wednesday night.
House Bill 846 passed 110-2 but must stand for a second vote on Thursday.
The bill prohibits schools and employers from asking for passwords and prohibits requiring "that an employee or applicant log onto a social networking site, electronic mail account, or any other Internet site or application by way of an electronic communications device in the presence of the employer."
"It's a privacy bill," Rep. Duane Hall, D-Wake, told his colleagues. Similar measures have passed in other states, he said.
The measure passed without much discussion in either committee or on the House floor.