Legislature passes bill to guard workers' social media passwords

Legislature passes bill to guard workers' social media passwords
FILE - In this May 16, 2012 file photo, a Facebook logo is displayed on the screen of an iPad in New York. (AP Photo/James H. Collins, File)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill barring bosses from demanding employees or job applicants turn over their Facebook passwords and other social media login information.

In a 56 -3 vote on Thursday, the Oregon House sent the bill to the governor's desk.

The bill prohibits employers from requiring workers to "friend" or connect with them on social media. It also bans bosses from forcing employees to access their social media accounts in front of them.

As part of a workplace investigation, though, an employer could ask employees to share content from their social media accounts.

The bill has broad support from privacy advocates, employers and unions.

A similar bill safeguarding students' social media login information is currently making its way through the House.

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