Bill protecting social media passwords clears Senate floor

TRENTON – Legislation that would prohibit employers and higher-education officials from forcing people to divulge their passwords to social media websites cleared a vote on the Senate floor.

Lawmakers approved S1915 and S1916, which prohibits an employer or school from requiring a person to turn over their usernames, passwords or other information that would be used for accessing that person’s social media accounts.

Both bills cleared the Senate floor following a unanimous vote.

Senate President Steve Sweeney was the prime sponsor on both of the bills. Bill protecting social media passwords clears Senate floor