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Shea-Porter Cosponsors Password Protection Act of 2013

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has signed on as an original cosponsor of the Password Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 2077), legislation that would prohibit employers from requiring current and prospective employees to disclose their personal passwords as a condition of either keeping or getting a job.

"No citizen should live in fear of their employer or potential employer demanding unwarranted access to their personal and private accounts," Shea-Porter said. "New Hampshire has a long tradition and expectation of personal privacy, and this legislation continues that legacy."

Shea-Porter has continually fought for civil liberties and personal privacy. In 2009, she cosponsored legislation to repeal the REAL ID Act of 2005, which amounted to the establishment of a national ID card.

H.R. 2077 was introduced by U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Peter Welch (VT). The legislation would "prohibit employers from compelling or coercing any person to authorize access to a protected computer." The list of cosponsors includes both Democrats and Republicans.

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