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Web privacy bill moving forward in Legislature

Published On: Aug 19 2013 10:55:47 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

A proposal that would make it illegal for Wisconsin employers to ask workers or those applying for a job to turn over their passwords to social media accounts like Facebook is moving forward in the Legislature.

A Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on the bill Tuesday. That comes after an Assembly committee heard the measure in May.

The bill has broad bipartisan support and it could be taken up by the full Legislature as early as next month.

Fourteen states now have laws that prohibit requesting or requiring an employee, student or applicant to disclose a user name or password for a personal social media account. Eight of those laws passed earlier this year.

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