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What is SNOPA and how does it affect my company?


On April 27, 2012, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., introduced the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA).

The purpose of SNOPA is to prohibit employers, schools, and universities from requiring employees to disclose / share their username, password or other access to online content.   This Act would prevent employers from disciplining, discriminating against or denying employment to individuals based on the employer’s demand for this information. This applies to websites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, and also protects email and any other personal user generated content.

Only time will tell if SNOPA is to be passed into legislation. But just in case it is, before you venture into this uncharted territory, think about why you need this information? Is it job related? Could asking for it invade the individual’s privacy? Is there another way to get the legitimate information that you need?

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