The Social Networking Online Protection Act was introduced today by Congressman Elliot Engel of New York. The bill would ban employers and schools from requiring access to password protected digital content. The bill is a win for businesses, schools, and privacy. The bill would protect businesses and schools from creating a legal duty to monitor password protected digital content. Therefore, the bill protects businesses, schools, and taxpayers. In addition, the bill is a win for employees, job applicants, students, and student applicants because it protects them from being required to provide access to their password protected digital content
During my conversation with Bob Sullivan of MSNBC I stated that SNOPA provides employers and schools a shield against legal liability so no one can claim that employers and schools have a legal duty to monitor password protected digital content. In addition, I mentioned that because the bill protects a wide range of interests, it has a better chance at success than previous efforts.
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