Professor Dennis Crouch recently testified before the Missouri Senate Committee on General Laws in support of the Password Privacy Act (Senate Bill 316). This bill, proposed by Senator Caleb Rowden along with the American Civil Liberties Union, attempts to provide additional privacy protections for Missouri residents. The statutory proposal would prohibit employers, landlords and schools from requesting passwords to any online accounts such as Facebook and Twitter or from installing any applications that would share that information.
In his written testimony, Professor Crouch details that the bill is very limited in scope. Employers can still search for anything considered public information. Students and employees can still have their content filtered and be monitored when not using their own equipment. In addition, the bill does not address law enforcement issues.