House passes Internet privacy bill

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:33 AM

Antone Clark

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill prohibiting a potential employer from asking for and using a job applicant’s access codes to social media has passed a House committee.

Sponsored by Rep. Stewart Barlow, R-Fruit Heights, HB 100 not only imposes limits preventing employers from accessing an employee’s personal account information, but it also contains guidelines limiting an employer’s sharing of private company information via the Internet.

One provision of the bill that generated discussion would allow an employer access to information transmitted on an employer’s wireless account by an employee or visitor.

Marina Lowe, of the American Civil Liberties Union, worried that the bill makes it too easy for a company to privately access personal information a person didn’t intend to share.

She said if a person’s iPhone is on inside a purse and automatically connects with a company’s wireless service, their information would be accessible.

She called for lawmakers to draw a line.

Barlow said any time people use an employer’s network, they are putting themselves at risk. He likened it to an employee thinking they have the right to dump their personal garbage in an employer’s garbage can.

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