UPDATE: Wis. Assembly passes Internet privacy bill

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

UPDATED Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 6:00 p.m.

The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill that makes it illegal for employers, universities or landlords to gain access to private social media accounts such as facebook and twitter.

The bill's language was changed, so it needs to go back to the Senate before its final approval. It had already been passed by the Senate in November.

Fred Gant, an attorney at the Madison office of Quarles & Brady, clarified that people can still find out information about who they want to hire, coach or rent out to. "They can still use an employment application to ask and get the information they want," and "they can do background checks" as well, Gant said.

12 states already have a similar law in place.

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