H.R.2277 - Password Protection Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7] (Introduced 05/12/2015)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 06/01/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.2277 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (05/12/2015)
Password Protection Act of 2015
Amends the federal criminal code to subject to a fine any employer who knowingly and intentionally:
- compels or coerces any person to provide the employer with a password or similar information to access a protected computer not owned by such employer; or
- discharges, disciplines, discriminates, or threatens to take such actions, against any person who fails to authorize access to such computer, has filed a complaint or instituted a proceeding regarding such action, or testified or is about to testify in any such proceeding.
Declares that nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the authority of a court of competent jurisdiction to grant equitable relief in a civil action, if the court believes that the information sought to be obtained is relevant to protecting the intellectual property, a trade secret, or confidential business information of the party seeking relief.
Exempts an employer's actions from such prohibition if:
- the employer discharges or disciplines an individual for good cause;
- the employer complies with federal or state laws or regulations governing brokers, dealers, and investment advisers;
- a state enacts a law that specifically waives such prohibition with respect to a particular class of state or agency employees and the employer's action relates to an employee in such class; or
- an executive agency, military department, or other executive branch entity specifically waives the prohibition with respect to a particular class of employees who may have access to classified information.