Hands Off The Passwords

Well here’s a refreshing breath of rationality: Two representatives, Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced a bill to make it illegal for employers and educational facilities to ask for passwords to social networks.

I don’t know how widespread the practice is, as we have isolated reports, but this seems to be a relatively sane thing to make a law out of.  I’m glad to see something that looks savvy like this being done, though I’m sure there’s at least some bandwagon-jumping here.

The good news is that some respect for privacy in America’s IT laws bodes well for the other fights, like CISPA.  Yeah, I know we didn’t touch on that like we did SOPA, I’ll try to rectify it.

Steven Savage