A last-minute amendment to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act — known as CISPA — banning such a practice was blocked by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, despite the passage of the broad cybersecurity bill overall.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter proposed this provision and explained its purpose by saying “It helps the individual protect his right to privacy and it doesn’t allow the employer to impersonate that particular employee when other people are interacting with that person across social media platforms.”
Perlmutter argues that handed over social media personal passwords is a step too far. People should not have to give up their privacy on the internet. How could having personal social media passwords affect job performance, when people have no personal life outside of work?
It would be more rational if employers blocked access to social media sites during the day, but requiring passwords as a condition of employment is absurd.
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