An amendment to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) that would have prohibited employers from being able to demand social media passwords from their employees failed to pass in the United States House of Representatives.
The failed amendment was tacked onto the larger CISPA bill, which aims to increase the nation’s cyber security by allowing corporations to share private information with the government, superseding any privacy agreements they may have had with their customers. This removes the corporation from any civil liability for breaching their privacy agreements and will allow them to share customers’ personal emails with Big Brother in the name of “national security.” CISPA passed in the house by a margin of 288 to 127.
CISPA has yet to pass in the Senate, and President Obama’s advisors have publicly stated that they will recommend he veto it.
Many representatives are of the opinion that prohibiting employers from demanding employee social media login information should be addressed in its own legislation rather than tacked onto a broad cybersecurity bill, and I’m inclined to agree with them. The representative who proposed the amendment, Ed Perlmutter (D-Co.), has been accused of attempting to derail the passage of CISPA, which tarnishes his worthy proposal. If I were him, I’d keep my brainchild as far away from this trainwreck of a law as possible.