Cyber security bill could give boss access to your social media

Cyber security bill could give boss access to your social media

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A federal bill, now before the U.S. Senate, is aimed at securing the Internet, but some lawmakers say it could open the door for an intrusive password policy.
The purpose of the bill, known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), is aimed at safeguarding the Internet from hackers, and while the bill doesn't explicitly require employees to hand over social media passwords to their bosses, the bill also doesn't prohibit businesses from asking, something that worries Central Florida residents.
"That's personal and if you want to fire me, go ahead and fire me," said Johnny Morales.
"I think it's private and I don't think they should be invading your privacy like that it's kind of getting out of hand," said Mack Powers.
A motion to amend the bill and prevent employers from asking for employee passwords was just shot down in the house -- attorney Amanda Farahany says businesses that do ask for passwords could be setting themselves up for legal trouble.
"Possibilities for discrimination are endless," Farahany said.
Even employers like Dennis Robinson who runs a corporation says password policy is over the top.
"I wouldn't ask for it as a boss but I would expect my employees not to do Facebook during work hours, but having their password doesn't seem to make much sense," Robinson said.
The motion to protect social media passwords was defeated along party lines, with Republican lawmakers in the house voting against it, and we did contact some of those Florida lawmakers who shot it down but they were unavailable for comment.


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