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RI House OKs social media privacy bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm •  Published: June 7, 2013

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.