Social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are now part of everyday life for many people and they introduce new issues which must be dealt with. State Rep. Edward ‘Ted' James is taking on that challenge by filing House Bill 314.
The bill would protect employees and students from having employers or school administrators ask them to give user-name and passwords to their social media and email accounts. James says this would prevent the intrusion and erosion of privacy rights, but what it will not do is protect those who are threatening others.
James says if an employee has viable information that someone is sending threatening messages or trading secrets they have the right to conduct an investigation and obtain that information.
James said this bill is in no way advocating personal irresponsibility on social media websites. House Bill 314 passed the House Commerce Committee Monday and now heads to the House floor for further debate.
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