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Wisconsin Assembly passes Internet privacy bill

 
Posted January 21st, 2014 @ 4:17pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would prohibit bosses from asking workers or job applicants for access to their social media accounts.

The push to pass such laws is gaining momentum nationally as employers ask for workers' user names and passwords for their personal accounts. Some employers say they need such access to protect proprietary information or trade secrets. Others contend it's an invasion of privacy.

The state Senate passed the bill unanimously in November. The Assembly approved it on a voice vote Tuesday. The Assembly tweaked the bill's language, however, so the proposal now must go back to the Senate. Both houses must pass an identical version of the measure before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker.

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