In brief: Pennsylvania to consider social media privacy billJason Scott
Following Maryland's lead, several states including Pennsylvania are looking to pass legislation that would prohibit employers from requiring social media users to turn over their passwords as a condition of employment.
Prior to the General Assembly's summer recession, Washington County Democratic Rep. Jesse White introduced House Bill 2332, or the Social Media Privacy Protection Act.
The practice is an invasion of privacy and intimidates job seekers and employees, White said.
The bill does not restrict an employer's right to maintain workplace policies or monitor an employee's use of electronic communications devices, the Internet, social media or email accounts while at work.
HB 2332 has been referred to the House Labor and Industry Committee. It could be debated when lawmakers return for a short fall session in September. If it does not pass this year, it would have to be reintroduced during the 2013-14 legislative session.
Maryland became the first state to ban the practice in April.