New Bill Banning Employer Facebook Snooping Introduced in Congress

Back in March, news of employers asking employees and prospective hires for Facebook logins sparked much debate amongst public and politicians alike. After one amendment failed to pass, a pair of democrats are now fighting hard to change things in Congress.

The Hill reports that the Social Networking Online Protection Act, introduced by democratic representatives Eliot Engel and Jan Schakowsky, would stop current or potential employers from demanding a username or password to a social networking account. The restriction would also apply to educational establishments like colleges and schools. Engel explained to The Hill:

"We must draw the line somewhere and define what is private. No one would feel comfortable going to a public place and giving out their username and passwords to total strangers. They should not be required to do so at work, at school, or while trying to obtain work or an education. This is a matter of personal privacy and makes sense in our digital world."

The result of violating the draft legislation would be a $10,000 civil penalty—which sounds like deterrent enough for most employers. [The Hill]