Untag those party pictures: House shoots down legislation that would have stopped employers from demanding your Facebook password

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by Michelle Golonka

A proposed Facebook user protection amendment introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives has already been shot down.

The legislation, which was proposed by Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter, would have added new restrictions to FCC rules that would have prohibited employers from demanding workers’ social networking usernames and passwords.

The bill recently caught the attention of the ACLU, and even Facebook itself.

The final vote was 236 to 184, with only one Republican voting in support. The Republicans argued that the proposed legislation would not help, but that they would be willing to work on similar legislation in the future.

In the meantime, individual states can enact their own legislation. And that is exactly what Minnesota is doing.

My question is: why not just change your name on Facebook so your employer cannot find you? And why would you want to work for a company that does not respect the privacy of its employees?

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