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Congress considers ‘Facebook password’ bill

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Here’s one from the “solution looking for a problem” category: Media reports speculating that a handful of employers asked employees for their social-media passwords has led Congress to consider legislation that would make it illegal for employers to request employees’ (or applicants’) passwords for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and the like.

The Pass­­word Protection Act of 2012 introduced in both the House and Senate has a slim chance of passage this year. But similar legislation has already passed in Maryland, and is pending in California, Illinois and other states.

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