Social media privacy bill passes House

Posted May 15, 2013

— 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.

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  • tayled May 16, 2013

    Finally! This is a good idea, one of very few this term.