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Massachusetts Senate OKs password protection bill

July 15, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill barring employers or school administrators from requiring workers, job applicants or potential students from disclosing their social media user names or passwords as a condition of employment or as acceptance as a student.

The bill, which passed unanimously Tuesday, would also make it illegal for an employer to force workers to add them to any list of contacts associated with social media accounts.

Supporters say 14 other states have similar laws.

Sen. Cynthia Creem said there’s no reason to review someone’s online pictures before offering them a job. She said it’s like an employer asking to look at an applicant’s personal photo album.

The Newton Democrat said the bill includes exceptions for financial firms required to monitor employee communications with clients.

The bill heads to the House.

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