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Continued concern about employers asking applicants and employees for their passwords to social media sites has led to the introduction of a federal bill to prohibit the practice. On April 27, 2012, Rep. Eliot Engel, introduced the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA).
SNOPA would prohibit employers from requiring a username, password or other access to online content. It would not allow employers to demand such access to discipline, discriminate or deny employment and would bar employers from disciplining individuals who refuse to volunteer such information.