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State Senators Working on Privacy Act

Three Oregon Senate Republicans are hoping to see their proposal on the agenda in an upcoming hearing.  The Social Networking Privacy Protection Act - Senate Bill 499 - would make it illegal for potential employers to ask you for your social media log-in information to perform background checks before hiring.  Senator Tim Knopp says criminal background checks make sense for employers, but applicants should be able to keep aspects of their personal lives private.  The bill would apply to Oregon employers and universities, public and private.  Other states have passed similar legislation, including Maryland, Delaware, Illinois and California.

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