Labor and Public Employees Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-159

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYEE PRIVACY.

Vote Date:

3/19/2013

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/19/2013

File No.:

330

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Senator Looney 11th

The Labor and Public Employees Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To prohibit employers from requiring non work related passwords on personal accounts.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Lori Pelletier, Secretary-Treasurer, Connecticut AFLCIO testified that workers should not be required to submit their personal passwords to personal accounts. Management can handle the personal use of computers in another fashion.

Brian Anderson. AFSCME Council 4 testified in support of the bill. No employee or perspective employee should be required to provide passwords to any of their own electronic devices.

Laura Lillian Dickerson submitted testimony stating that she feels a public official should not be allowed to misuse her position.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Eric W. Gjede, CBIA testified that this bill raises some legitimate privacy concerns shared by both employees and employers. We ask that the committed provide some flexibility to employers to address the transfer of proprietary, confidential or financial data, as well as ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Substitute language was attached to the testimony.

Kim Chamberlain, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association , submitted testimony stating that they had serious concerns about the bill as drafted. The securities industry is not interest in accessing employee's personal accounts but many people in this field use the same accounts for personal and business activity. Fifty eight percent of these professionals use the social media for business and as such a “personal” account that is used for business purposes must be treated as a business account. In their testimony they submitted substitute language.

Reported by: Pamela Bianca

Date: 3/22/2013