Employers demanding Facebook passwords
Senators ask feds to probe requests for passwords
Senators want feds to look into employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews
3-25-2012Senators ask feds to probe requests for passwords
Two U.S. senators are asking Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews are violating federal law, their offices announced Sunday.
Troubled by reports of the practice, Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said they are calling on the Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to launch investigations. The senators are sending letters to the heads of the agencies.
The Associated Press reported last week that some private and public agencies around the country are asking job seekers for their social media credentials. The practice has alarmed privacy advocates, but the legality of it remains murky.
The senators also want to know whether two court cases relating to supervisors asking current employees for social media credentials could be applied to job applicants.