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WA Bill Would Allow Bosses to get Facebook Passwords

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SEATTLE, Wash. - A new provision would allow employers to ask for a worker's Facebook or other social media passwords during company investigations.

The provision is a proposed amendment for a bill that bans employers from asking workers for social media credentials during job interviews. The House Labor Committee introduced the bill Tuesday during an executive session.

The amendment mirrors other provisions being considered or approved across the nation. In 2012, six states banned employers from asking job applicants and employees for their social network passwords. California's law already allows employers to request passwords during investigations.
Proponents say the original bill would open an avenue for possible illegal activity by employees, such as divulging proprietary or consumer information to others through social networks.