Senate to Vote on Protecting Employee Passwords

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MADISON (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has scheduled to vote on a bill making it illegal for employers to ask workers or job applicants to turn over their passwords to social media accounts.

The bill with broad bipartisan support is up for a vote next Tuesday in the Senate.

The proposal would place the prohibition on any employer, educational institution or landlord.
However, employers could still be allowed to monitor what is done on a company computer, restrict which websites can be viewed and conduct an investigation into any unauthorized sharing of confidential information through social media sites.

The movement stems from more and more employers asking for employees' user names and passwords to personal accounts.

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