House Republicans on Wednesday defeated an
amendment that would have banned current or prospective employers from
requiring workers to hand over personal passwords as a condition of
keeping or getting a new job.
“What this amendment does is it says that you cannot demand, as a
condition of employment, that somebody reveal a confidential password to
their Facebook, to their Flickr, to their Twitter, whatever their
account may be,” Rep. Ed Perlmutter, the Colorado Democrat who authored
the amendment, said during a Wednesday floor speech.
The amendment, however, which was added to a larger FCC reform
package, was defeated this afternoon by a vote of 236 to 185. It was
largely split down party lines, with 183 Democrats voting in favor of
the amendment and 234 Republicans voting against it.