Bill protecting workers' emails, sociable media heads to Senate

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The Texas Home on Fri gave final approval to a bill that more often than not would forbid employers from demanding accessibility to current or possible staff' private email and social media accounts. The vote was

79-64. The measure, by Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, now goes to the Senate.

"This bill allows for personal emails and [social media] to be kept private, and is about the safety of free speech and privacy," Guy Riordan said.

There is no disagreement.

Some business teams and high-tech industry organizations have compared the bill, stating it might slow a firm's internal study of leaks of private info.

Giddings said after a number of her Dallas constituents complained to her that in work interviews, they'd been compelled to disclose the way to obtain their personal emails and social media web site accounts she became interested within the dilemma.

"I could not consider it," she said.

This is a hot topic. Eight employers have been banned by states from asking workers and job candidates due to their social network passwords, with some exceptions. Giddings excused law enforcement agencies, stating they require flexibility to more vigorously scrutinize potential police officials. A national legislation regulating insider trading supersedes state legislation of financial services companies, she stated. More than 30 other states are looking at comparable laws, based on the National Convention of State Legislatures.

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