Posted: Oct 12, 2012 3:13 PM by Bart Bedsole - email@example.com
Updated: Oct 12, 2012 3:19 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - If re-elected, State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa plans to introduce legislation that would prevent Texas employers from asking for employees' social media passwords.
Hinojosa claims a growing number of states are considering similar legislation, and Texas needs to keep pace with the protection of an individual's personal privacy.
"It is important to protect personal privacy. Although it may seem reasonable for employers to want to see what kind of people they are hiring or employing by looking at their public social media profiles, this does not mean they have the right to gain unrestricted access to personal social media accounts," stated Hinojosa in a news release Friday.
Under the legislation, an employer will still be allowed to view the information a user determines to be "public," however, they will no longer be allowed to request access to information not shared publically and meant to be personal.
According to the news release, Senator Hinojosa also intends the bill to disallow employers from requesting passwords to online discussion forums, personal email accounts, and mobile applications.
Hinojosa, a Democraat, represents State Senate District 20, which includes Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and part of Hidalgo County. His is running against Republican Raul Torres in the November 6 election.
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