Missouri bill could protect employees' passwords

5 years 5 days 13 hours ago Friday, December 05 2014 Dec 5, 2014 Friday, December 05, 2014 3:18:00 AM CST December 05, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker is trying to prevent employers from accessing their workers' social media accounts without the employees' permission.

State Rep. Charlie Davis of Webb City filed legislation this week that would protect employees who don't give their bosses their passwords.

If passed as is, employers couldn't fire or discipline those don't give them access to their online accounts.

The bill also would prevent employers from holding it against job applicants who refuse to give their passwords.

Business officials still could require access to online accounts if they're investigating specific reports of workplace misconduct.

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