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Social media snooping bill approved in state Senate

A Twitter page is displayed on a laptop computer in Los Angeles October 13, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
A Twitter page is displayed on a laptop computer in Los Angeles October 13, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A bill to prevent employers and other superiors from snooping into people's private Facebook accounts is heading to Governor Scott Walker for his signature.

The Senate approved a final amendment to the bill Wednesday. It would let employers ask their workers to accept them as "friends" on Facebook and other social media.  

The Assembly created that provision when it passed the bill on Tuesday. The Republican Walker has indicated that he'll sign the measure.

Other states have adopted similar legislation, to make sure people don't lose out on job opportunities because they won't let companies look into their private social media conversations.  

Also, the Senate has voted unanimously to let companies transfer their state tax credits to another firm, if the original recipients don't pay enough in taxes to use the credits. Those original firms would have to meet several job creation standards in order to make the transfers.  

The bill now goes to the Assembly.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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