Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that bans employers from demanding that employees or job candidates surrender their passwords to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, as well as from requiring employees to add managers as friends or contacts, AP reported.
Proposed Amendment To Password Protection Act Would Allow Employers To Demand Facebook Passwords During Company Investigations
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.
With the Final Four teams set for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, the Sports on Facebook page offered a look at counties in the U.S. that back Louisville, Michigan, Syracuse, and Wichita State.
When little-known Florida Gulf Coast University became the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 round in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament, Facebook users took notice. The Eagles are the most-talked-about remaining college hoops team in the U.S., with fellow underdog Wichita State taking second place. However, in terms of Facebook page popularity, blue bloods Indiana, Kansas, Duke, and Michigan are among the most-liked.
SocialCode wasn’t the only company to use Facebook data as part of its methodology for selecting the winner of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament and select Duke: Facebook itself chose the Blue Devils, as well, filling out its bracket based on participating teams’ buzz on the social network over the past two weeks.
With the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament set to tip off Tuesday, Michael Bailey of the Facebook Data Science Team filled out his brackets with information on Facebook likes in a note on the Sports on Facebook page.
Colorado may become the next state to join the list of those forbidding employers from demanding passwords to Facebook and other social networks, as AP reported that lawmakers in the state are considering a bill along those lines.
Michigan became the latest state to address the issue of employers seeking access to their employees’ passwords to Facebook and other social networks, as Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) into law, prohibiting companies and schools from seeking social media user names and passwords.
Facebook struck back in a lawsuit over its want button filed by Farmington Hills, Mich.-based CVG-SAB, which claimed that it holds patents and trademarks for its own Want Button product, launched in September 2010.