In a continued effort to work against the American people, House Republicans blocked a measure 236-184 (that’s every single voting House Republican) that would have allowed the Federal Communications Committee to prevent employers from asking for and obtaining Facebook passwords from workers. Democrats introduced the legislation as part of a bill adding new restrictions on the FCC as it’s being reported that an increasing number of employers are demanding access to social media.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo) argued “They have an expectation that their right to free speech or their right to free religion will be respected when they use these social media outlets.”
He added “If an employer wants to pose as or impersonate the individual who had to turn over their confidential password, that employer, I think, will be able to reach into personal, private information of the user, or of the person who’s communicating with them.”
Perlmutter also said “If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password.”
The job market is slowly improving and this means more and more people will have to choose between releasing private, personal information in order to earn a living or shut down their social media accounts altogether. Even with an improving job market, employment opportunities are far and few between. Putting food on the table trumps playing on Facebook.
Where does this end? How long before we hand over a set of house keys to an employer so they can rummage through our belongings and barge in whenever they feel like it?
We have six more months before we can vote in a new House. Before you do, ask yourself “What have the Republicans done to make your life better or easier?”