Labor Committee releases bill preventing colleges from asking students’ passwords

TRENTON – The Senate Labor Committee on Thursday released bill A2879/S1916, which prohibits applicants/students from being required to provide their user name, password, or other means for accessing an account or service through electronic communications device by employers.

Penalties for these violations range between $1,000 and $2,500.

The Assembly and Senate bills will be merged on the Senate floor.

Before the vote, Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-8) of Evesham, proposed to amend the bill, calling for scrapping the litigation part and just having a penalty issued.

However, Sen. Sandra Cunningham, (D-33), of Jersey City, made a motion to table that was successful. and Senate President Steve Sweeney, (D-3), of West Deptford, said before the vote he is willing to keep “an open mind” on changing the bill before it comes for a vote on the Senate floor.

 

 

Labor Committee releases bill preventing colleges from asking students’ passwords