YEE RESPONDS TO US HOUSE BLOCKING SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY BILL, CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF STATE LEGISLATION

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) introduced SB 1349 to prohibit employers and colleges from formally requesting or demanding employees, applicants or students provide their social media usernames and passwords. Just a few hours later the United States House of Representatives blocked a federal bill on the issue. Yee issued the following statement in response:

“In light of Congress failing to act on this important issue, it is imperative that the California Legislature approve Senate Bill 1349. There is absolutely no justification for a company or university to invade someone’s personal social media accounts. Individuals have a fundament right of privacy and the personal information – including age, religion, sexual orientation, and family photos – often included on Facebook and other social media is completely unrelated to performance and abilities. Absent SB 1349, Californians could be subject to egregious intrusions into their personal lives or unfairly risk unemployment and denial into their desired university.”

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