Friday, May 11, 2012

The Password Protection Act of 2012 (PPA) Now in USA it may required in India

The Password Protection Act, which looks to protect employees from employers asking for access to their social networking accounts.

The Password Protection Act of 2012 (PPA) would also prevent employers from accessing information on any computer that isn’t owned or controlled by an employer, including private e-mail accounts, photo sharing sites, and smartphones.

PPA is meant to enhance current law to prohibit employers from compelling or coercing employees into providing access to their private accounts. It includes the following points:

  • Prohibits an employer from forcing prospective or current employees to provide access to their own private account as a condition of employment.
  • Prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against a prospective or current employee because that employee refuses to provide access to a password-protected account.
  • The Password Protection Act only prohibits adverse employment related actions as a consequence of an employee’s failure to provide access to their own private accounts. It preserves the rights of employers to:
  • Permit social networking within the office on a voluntary basis.
  • Set policies for employer-operated computer systems.
  • Hold employees accountable for stealing data from their employers.
  • Employers that violate the Password Protection Act may face financial penalties.

(A group of Democrats today introduced legislation in both the House and Senate to prevent employers from forcing employees and job applicants into sharing information from their personal social networking accounts.)

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