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Massachusetts Senate OKs password protection bill

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Twitter and Facebook posts meant for friends may not get users in trouble anymore.

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would make it illegal for employers and school administrators to force workers or students to hand over social media usernames and passwords in order to get a job or be accepted as a student.

It would also be illegal for employers to require workers to add them as friends or contacts on social media accounts.

For Rebecca Schulte, who lives in Norton and has a teenaged daughter, this is good news.

"I don't think they should have the ability to just go and check everything out," Schulte said. "They can look at it as a friend or something like that, but I don't think they should have the right to just go and make opinions about people."

The bill still has to pass through the House.

Several other states already have laws similar to this one.

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