Engel's Social Networking Online Protection Act, H.R. 5050, would completely prohibit employers and schools from asking for passwords or other information used to access these sites. The bill explicitly bans these entities from demanding access to social networking sites either to discipline, discriminate or deny employment or enrollment.
"The American people deserve the right to keep their personal accounts private," said Rep. Jan Schakowsy (D-Ill.), an original co-sponsor. "No one should have to worry that their personal account information, including passwords, can be required by an employer or educational institution, and if this legislation is signed into law, no one will face that possibility."
Engel said that while New York state is one of several states that has moved to prohibit this practice, a federal law is needed to "protect all Americans across the country."