The Password Protection Act of 2012 — which was introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives last May, but not acted upon and sent to committee — was the subject of an amendment at the House Labor Committee that would make an exception to the prohibition of employers requesting the Facebook passwords of employees or applicants in the event of company investigations.
Facebook is no longer a fan of a controversial bill that would drastically change cybersecurity. According to CNET, the social network pulled its support of H.R. 624, better known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Opponents of the bill, which would give online entities the option to share data with the U.S. government, claim that it would destroy online privacy.
The fight to protect Facebook users’ passwords and other private information is taking place on both the national and state level, as the Assembly in California passed a bill Thursday that would deny employers from accessing anything designated as private by users of Facebook and other social networks.
The latest attempt to push through legislation aimed at protecting the passwords of Facebook users came in the form of The Password Protection Act of 2012, which was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), with an identical companion bill brought to the House of Representatives by Reps. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.).
As Internet activists in the U.S. take their fight against a major cybersecurity bill known as Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act online, the inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee is voicing his protests to a similar proposal in the U.K., calling upon Facebook users to yank their personal data from the networking site.
Efforts by Congress to block employers from requiring employees or potential employees to surrender their passwords for Facebook and other social networks hit a stumbling block Wednesday, when a Facebook user protection amendment submitted by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) did not pass the House of Representatives.
Facebook has some new hired help to handle lobbying on issues related to privacy.
Facebook elected not to go dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, but the company’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg posted a status update about SOPA, garnering 7,182 likes as of this posting.
On August 28 a new law will come into effect that might put the kaboosh on any exclusive or private social media site conversations between students and their teachers in Missouri, and the latter aren’t exactly thrilled about it.
U.S. Representative Ed Markey has proposed legislation that would make it very difficult for anyone to go online and track young American children.