This bill was very similar to last year’s much-hated SOPA bill, and like that vote, this one broke down along party lines in the PA delegation.
Except this time, Allyson Schwartz (D-Comcast) voted with the Republicans to turn Facebook into an instrument of government surveillance, and let your employer demand access to your social media passwords. This is not any way to win a Democratic primary.
From Randy LoBasso:
It’s been additionally noted by media outlets that a last-minute alteration to the bill which would have prevented employers from demanding potential employers’ social media passwords was voted down. Which means, if it passes, handing out passwords could soon become a requirement for job applications in the U.S.
Similar bills in the U.S. House and Senate—SOPA and PIPA—were protested against last year by large Internet voices, like Wikipedia and Reddit. Both companies blacked out their titles as a show of protest.