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‘SNOPA’ would ban employers, schools from demanding Facebook passwords

The only content that should be available to educational institutions and potential employers is the information that people chose to make public. Privacy in the digital age is a fascinating issue. I see more and more that the younger generation doesn’t value privacy. We are so used to being able to access endless free information and content online. This has been useful for companies and organizations by improving transparency and crisis management, but it is harming individuals who are being asked to grant employers access to their personal lives.
I am interested to see if this SNOPA law goes anywhere.

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By Bob Sullivan

A New York Congressman has introduced federal legislation nicknamed “SNOPA” that would make it illegal for employers and educational institutions to require a potential or current employee, or a potential or current student, to divulge personal online information as part of the hiring, enrollment or discipline process.

The bill, with a full name of the Social Networking Online Protection Act, was introduced Friday by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).

“As you know, social media and networking has become such a widespread part of communications in our country, and around the globe. However, a person’s digital footprint is largely unprotected,” Engel said in a letter to Congressional colleagues asking that they support the proposal, which was obtained by msnbc.com from Engel’s office.

“There have been countless examples of employers requiring an applicant to divulge their user name and password as part of the hiring process. Additionally, some universities, and…

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About Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is a public relations student at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Amanda is currently the V.P. of Public Relations on the Panhellenic Council executive board. She is also involved with PRSSA and Hill Communications, a student-run public relations firm.


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