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New Ga. bill would protect employees' social media passwords

11:35 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Some things are just meant to be kept private.

And if one Georgia lawmaker has her way, your social media passwords will fall into that category.

Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) has introduced a bill that would prohibit Georgia employers from requesting their employees' social media passwords. The law would protect those seeking a job as well as current employees.

"My emails, my Facebook and Twitter, that's my personal space," said Rep. Scott. "Even if they are checking for a job. I just want to make people feel a little bit more comfortable when they're out on social media and they're looking for jobs."

The bill would make an exception for work accounts or employees under investigation. Rep. Scott said she expects HB 117 to pass this session.

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