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Internet privacy bill clears House
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Employers and schools would not be able to request passwords or user names to social media accounts from workers or students in most circumstances under a bill passed by the Utah House on Wednesday.

The proposal, HB100, would allow employees and students to collect a fine of $500 if such a violation took place.

It was sponsored by Rep. Stewart Barlow, R-Fruit Heights, and passed 65-4 on its way to the Senate.

"I think this is a great example of where people ought to have some privacy in their social media networks," Barlow said. "I think it's a necessary bill as we go forward into a new era of technology."

The measure does offer employers and schools protections if it is discovered the employee is taking proprietary information and disclosing it on a personal social media account or if the employer or school has given a personal account to the individual.

dmontero@sltrib.com

Twitter: @davemontero

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