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Social media snooping bill approved by Assembly

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Employers and college officials would not be able to snoop into their people's private Facebook accounts, under a bill endorsed by the Wisconsin Assembly.  

On a voice vote Tuesday, the lower house approved a measure endorsed unanimously by the Senate last fall.  

The Assembly did change it, to allow employers to ask their subordinates to list them as "friends" on social media sites like Facebook. The Senate must ratify the change before the bill can go to Governor Scott Walker, who has said he'll sign it.  

Assembly Republican Garey Bies of Sister Bay said one of his constituents had a potential employer ask for a password to the person's private account. Bies said the bill ensures that, "People can keep their private stuff private."  

The bill's main sponsor, Assembly Democrat Melissa Sargent of Madison, warns that bill, "cannot protect you from yourself."  

Employers can still snoop on workers' company-owned computers -- and the boss can still investigate when an employee is suspected of keeping proprietary business materials in their personal e-mail and social media.  

Also Tuesday, the Assembly unanimously agreed to eliminate the state's do not call list for telemarketers, and transfer the names to the federal no-call list.  

The bill now goes to Governor Walker. Supporters say it would save money, and give state consumer officials more time to investigate violations of the no-call law.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)