Bill would keep employers out of workers' social media posts

Updated: Feb. 3, 2015 at 12:52 PM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Employees wouldn't have to give bosses the precious passwords to their social media accounts under a bill in the Hawaii Legislature.

Democratic Rep. Matthew LoPresti says he introduced the bill because privacy rights are extremely important. He says he's trying to protect future generations.

LoPresti's bill would keep employers from accessing their workers' social media accounts except under certain conditions. The bill passed out of the House Committee on Labor and Public Employment Tuesday.

The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce is against the bill. The group says it's unnecessary because as far as the Chamber knows, employers don't ask for that information.

But William Hoshijo of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission says he's heard of employers using social media to pre-screen potential applicants. He says young people suffer from this problem.

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