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Apr 22, 2013 1:50 PM by AP

Online accounts would be off-limits to employers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposed state law would ban employers and school officials from demanding access to the personal online accounts of potential employees or students.

The House Commerce Committee backed the proposal Monday.

The measure by Democrat Ted James of Baton Rouge would prohibit retribution against those who refuse a request for access to their email, Facebook pages and other personal online sites.

However, the bill would require employees to cooperate with a company investigation if evidence suggests they have posted proprietary information that could harm the employer.

James says his proposal is designed to protect the personal information of employees and students, but does not advocate personal irresponsibility on social media.

The measure now heads to the House floor for further debate.

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