Introduced House Bill (H)
Authored by: Rep. Terri Jo Austin
Co-Authors: Rep. David Ober, Rep. Christina Hale
  • Rep. Terri Jo Austin
    Rep. Terri Jo Austin

    Author

  • Rep. David Ober
    Rep. David Ober

    Co-Author

  • Rep. Christina Hale
    Rep. Christina Hale

    Co-Author

DIGEST

Access to personal Internet accounts. Provides that an employer may not request an employee or applicant for employment to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose access information that allows access to or observation of the employee's or applicant's personal Internet account. Provides that an educational institution may not request a student or prospective student to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose access information that allows access to or observation of the student's or prospective student's personal Internet account. Provides that an employer may not discharge, discipline, fail to hire, or otherwise penalize an employee or applicant for employment because of a ... failure to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to or observation of the employee's or applicant's personal Internet account. Provides that an educational institution may not expel, discipline, fail to admit, or otherwise penalize a student or prospective student because of a failure to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to or observation of the student's or prospective student's personal Internet account. Provides exemptions for: (1) electronic communications devices, accounts, and services provided by or paid for by an employer or educational institution; (2) the unauthorized transfer of an employer's proprietary or confidential information or financial data; or (3) information that can be obtained without access information or is available from public sources. Makes violations a Class B misdemeanor. Allows a civil action for violations or threatened violations. Requires that a person, at least 60 days before bringing a civil action, make a written demand for damages that may not exceed $1,000. Provides for an affirmative defense if the employer or educational institution acted in compliance with federal or state law, regulations, or rules.