SENATOR YEE COMMENDS CONGRESS ON INTRODUCTION OF FEDERAL SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY BILL

Congress introduces nearly identical bill to Yee’s SB 1349 to prohibit employers, colleges from seeking Facebook, Twitter accounts of employees, applicants, students

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) commended Representatives Eliot Engel (D-New York) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) for introducing federal legislation nearly identical to his state bill to stop employers from formally requesting or demanding employees or job applicants provide their social media usernames and passwords.

Like Yee’s SB 1349, HR 5050 also prohibits public and private colleges and universities from requiring such information of students. HR 5050 also mirrors SB 1349 by prohibiting employers and colleges from demanding personal email addresses and login information of employees, applicants, and students.

The bills come after a growing number of businesses, public agencies, and colleges around the country are asking job seekers, workers, and students for their Facebook and Twitter account information.

Yee’s legislation has unanimously passed two policy committees and currently awaits action by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“I applaud Congressman Engel and Congresswoman Schakowsky for introducing a federal version of our legislation,” said Yee. “It is an unacceptable invasion of personal privacy for an employer or college to demand social media passwords. Congress should swiftly approve and the President should sign HR 5050 into law. Absent action in Washington, we are prepared in California – through SB 1349 – to protect our workers and students and ensure applicants are judged on their abilities and experience.”

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