House Decides To Cancel Legislation That Would Stop Employers From Asking For Facebook Passwords

Posted Mar 28, 2012

Yesterday a Facebook user protection amendment was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives, but it was already voted down. The legislation was offered by Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter, which would have added new restrictions to FCC rules that would prohibit employers from demanding the passwords and usernames from workers and potential candidates. It turns out that the proposal ended up being rejected by the House.

The final vote ended up being 236 to 184 with only one House Republican voting in support of the changes. If the proposal was passed, the amendment would have been added to a section of H.R. 3309, the FCC Process Reform Act Of 2012, allowing the FCC to step in and stop any employers asking applicants for confidential information.