H.R. 5050 (112th): Social Networking Online Protection Act

Apr 27, 2012 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Eliot Engel
Representative for New York's 17th congressional district
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Apr 27, 2012
8 pages
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H.R. 537 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 06, 2013


This bill was introduced on April 27, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Apr 27, 2012
Referred to Committee Apr 27, 2012
Full Title

To prohibit employers and certain other entities from requiring or requesting that employees and certain other individuals provide a user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account on any social networking website.


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9 cosponsors (8D, 1R) (show)

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Social Networking Online Protection Act - Prohibits employers from:
(1) requiring or requesting that an employee or applicant for employment provide a user name, password, or any other means for accessing a private email account or personal account on a social networking website; or
(2) discharging, disciplining, discriminating against, denying employment or promotion to, or threatening to take any such action against any employee or applicant who refuses to provide such information, files a compliant or institutes a proceeding under this Act, or testifies in any such proceeding.
Sets forth, with respect to employer violations of this Act: (1) civil penalities; (2) the authority of the Secretary of Labor to bring injunctive actions; and (3) the jurisdiction of U.S. district courts to provide legal or equitable relief including employment, reinstatement, promotion, and payment of lost wages and benefits.
Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to prohibit certain institutions of higher education and local educational agencies from requesting such password or account information from students or potential students. Prohibits denial of admission, suspension, expulsion, and other discipline or discrimination against students who decline to provide such information, file a complaint, institute a proceeding, or testify in any related proceeding.

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