House passes bill to block bosses from accessing private emails
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5/3/2013

Texas House members clicked the “Like” button on protecting personal email and social networking accounts from inquisitive employers.  Encouraged by worries from constituents, state Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, authored House Bill 318 which would prevent employers — or potential bosses — from asking for passwords or user names for personal email accounts and social networking pages.  “This is important because, for me, it’s about freedom of speech and a right to privacy,” Giddings said. “An employer wanting to know something doesn’t trump the guarantee of freedom of speech and privacy.”  The bill, which received preliminary House approval Thursday on a 79-61 vote, reflected concerns that requiring private information could lead to employment discrimination based on age, disability, national origin or religion.

 

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