State lawmaker writes bill aimed at protecting your Facebook password

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Just imagine – your boss logging on to your Facebook account – with your password!

In a recent Fox59 investigation, we showed you how some companies were asking potential employees for their account information and passwords.

But now, some state lawmakers are looking at a bill that would make it illegal for companies to request your log-in information for personal social media and e-mail accounts.

“(It) would basically prohibit employers and education institutions from either requiring or pressuring employees, prospective employees, students or prospective students from giving up their log-in information or password,” said Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, the author of House Bill 1240.

“I hope that the law gets passed,” said Marcus Brothern, a student at Anderson University. “I don’t think employers should have that right.”

“I don’t have anything to hide, but it almost seems like an invasion of my privacy,” said student Mykaela Alvey.

“I’m hearing from a lot of young people, and if Indiana wants to build a climate where we are able to keep and attract young workers, we need to assure them that they will have a certain level of privacy,” said Austin.

But so far, her legislation hasn’t gone anywhere. With just a couple weeks before the deadline, there haven’t been any hearings scheduled on the bill.

“We’ve got both Dems and Republicans on the bill,” said Austin. “I’m hopeful it will get assigned for a hearing… I’ve been talking to folks about it already and if all else fails and we can’t get a hearing, we’ll use it as a way to try and educate people and we’ll try again next year.”

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