SACRAMENTO, CA - The battle lines are quickly being drawn after the federal government rejected protections for the user's privacy on social media sites.

The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal that would have protected user names and passwords.

State Sen. Leland Yee, D- San Francisco, introduced a bill last month that would prevent businesses and government from demanding that information as a condition of employment.

The right to privacy is at the center of this debate.

"I think the fact that it was defeated signals the fact that the business community wants to continue to invade our privacy, take our personal information, and do whatever they want with it," Yee said. "That is a bad, bad signal."

Late last week, Yee added colleges and universities to that list.

"We've amended our bill so that it would, in fact, include individuals who are applying to colleges and universities," Yee said. "We have now heard that those institutions are also asking for private information."

Experts on internet privacy are calling this coercion for job seekers; and should not be allowed under any circumstances.

Yee's bill will get its first test before a legislative committee later this month.

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