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La. Senate approves social media privacy bill

11 months ago Tuesday, May 06, 2014 4:27:35 PM CDT May 06, 2014 Tuesday, May 06 2014 May 6, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The Senate voted 38-0 Tuesday for a proposal to ban employers and schools from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts, moving it one step from final passage.

The bill (House Bill 340) by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, would prohibit employers and public schools, including colleges, from requesting usernames, passwords or other authentication information that allows them to access personal online accounts.

It also would ban an employer from firing or disciplining someone or a school from expelling or disciplining a student for refusing to provide the information if requested.

The measure wouldn't prohibit employers or schools from requesting access to information on company-owned devices.

The House-approved bill returns to the House for approval of a change made by senators.

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