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Texas House Votes Down Bill to Protect Personal Privacy in the Workplace
Friday, May 15, 2015 6:40 AM

HB 1777 would make it illegal for an employer to require or request that an employee or applicant for employment disclose a user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal online account of the employee or applicant to protect personal privacy.

Employers could maintain lawful workplace policies governing employee usage of employer-provided or personal electronic communication devices during working or billable hours. Employers could also obtain information about an employee or applicant that is in the public domain that is lawfully obtained, and could request an employee or applicant to provide a personal email address for the purpose of communicating with them.

HB 1777 would not apply to financial institutions, including credit unions and banks, to employers who have a written agreement in which employees or applicants agree to disclose the information, to personal accounts or devices used by financial services employees who use them to conduct their employer's business, or to law enforcement that is responsible for the investigation, prosecution, or enforcement of criminal laws.

An employer could not require an employee or applicant for employment to sign a written agreement consenting to the disclosure of their personal information as a condition of employment or of any term of employment.

On a vote of 89-51, HB 1777 failed to pass the House yesterday.

Contact Jeff Huffman, president, Texas Credit Union Association, at 469-385-6488 or jhuffman@txcua.coop for more information.