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UPDATE: Assembly passes internet privacy bill


MADISON (WKOW) -- The State Assembly gave final approval to a bill passed by the Senate last fall, which protects employees and job-seekers from giving up their private social media account information.

The bipartisan bill stems from complaints made by people who have been asked to submit their person login and password information to employers for sites like Facebook and Twitter. 

That includes both existing employees and people simply trying to get a job, some of whom weren't hired because of what the employers found with that login information.

While the bill will stop that practice, lawmakers warn it can't hide damaging internet content that is shared publicly.

"Many young people, as I talk to them about this bill - I have gone into the high schools and had conversations - they feel like they are infallible and this bill will not protect you against making a silly mistake," said Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), the lead author in the Assembly.  "This really has to do with the back end, not the public side."

A slight change was made to the bill before it was passed by the Assembly, which means it will go back to the Senate for another approval before heading to Governor Walker's desk.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is ready to vote on a bill that would prohibit bosses from asking workers or job applicants for access to their social media accounts.

The push to pass such laws is gaining momentum nationally as employers ask for workers' user names and passwords for their personal accounts. Some employers say they need such access to protect proprietary information or trade secrets. Others contend it's an invasion of privacy.

The state Senate passed the bill unanimously in November. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on it Tuesday afternoon. Approval would send the plan to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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