PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Legislation that would stop employers or higher education officials from demanding access to a person's Facebook or Twitter accounts is gaining momentum in Rhode Island.
The proposal could soon be voted on in the state Senate after passing the House of Representatives on Thursday on a unanimous vote.
The measure is sponsored by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy. He says he wants to prevent employers or school coaches from requiring access to a person's social media accounts as a condition of their employment or enrollment.
The bill would ban employers and college officials from requiring that an employee or student add them as a social media contact. It would also stop them from demanding a student or employee's login information.
California and five other states already have similar laws.