Bills Banning Hawaii Employers From Requesting Access Information to Internet Accounts Advance
UPDATE 2/19/13: HB713 has been scheduled for decision making on February 21. Its companion bill, SB207, passed second reading and has been referred to the Senate committee on Judiciary and Labor. Also, an updated chart of all Internet-related legislative proposals in the 2013 Hawaii legislative session is available here.
Two Hawaii bills that would ban employers from requesting employees or job applicants to disclose access information to their personal Internet accounts moved forward today. The House committee on Labor and Public Employment voted to recommend passage of HB713 with the amendments reflected in the HD1 version of the bill. HD1 amended the original bill to replace the term “social media” with “personal account”; define “personal account”; place the new legislation under the employment practices statute, HRS chapter 378; create an exception for law enforcement agencies conducting background checks of applicants for employment). HB713 now goes to the House Judiciary committee for review.
SB207, a companion bill to HB713, was also recommended for passage with amendments by the Senate committee on Technology & the Arts.