Employee Facebook privacy bill comes to Colorado

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to protect social media privacy by banning employers from requiring passwords to personal accounts.

A bill up for its first hearing Tuesday in a House committee would prohibit required disclosure of personal passwords or account information on social networking sites such as Facebook.

The bill does not prohibit companies from looking at Facebook pages or punishing employees for what they post on their personal sites. But the bill prohibits required password disclosure of personal accounts.

In their effort to vet job applicants, some companies have started asking for passwords to log into a prospective employee’s accounts on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Critics call it an invasion of privacy.


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