House of Representatives Shoots Down Facebook Snooping Amendment

This week, Facebook user protection legislation passed through the US House of Representatives. It was planned to prevent employers demanding Facebook sign-in details from their workers—but it got shot down in flames.

In the end, the final vote was 236 to 184, with just one House Republican voting in support of the changes. If it had passed, the amendment would have tacked on an extra section to the existing Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012, allowing the FCC to step in to stop any employer asking for Facebook details.

In the meantime, states such Maryland and Illinois are considering their own bills that would prohibit the practice of employers requesting Facebook credentials. [Tech Crunch]