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Ore. bill would guard workers' Facebook passwords

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon House has voted to bar employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide login information for their Facebook and other personal social media accounts.

The bill passed Monday 56-3.

It would also prohibit bosses from requiring employees to "like" or "friend" them. Employers couldn't punish employees for refusing to add them as friends or contacts.

As part of a workplace investigation, though, an employer could ask employees to share content from their social media accounts.

An employer would not be liable for information inadvertently gathered when employees use the employer's equipment.

Lawmakers have said they are unaware of specific instances in Oregon of employers compelling workers or applicants to provide access information.

The bill goes to the Senate.