Senators want ruling on whether Facebook password requests are illegal
By Jon Brodkin | Published a day ago
Two US Senators asked the Department of Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to start an investigation into whether employers asking job applicants for usernames and passwords violates federal law.
The issue has come under scrutiny in the past week, after the Associated Press and others reported on employers asking applicants for Facebook usernames and passwords. Facebook took a stand, saying it could take legal action, although the company noted that it has no immediate plans to sue any specific employers.
US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) asked the agencies to investigate whether such requests violate current federal law, the senators said yesterday. The Senators plan to write legislation filling any gaps in federal law that might allow employers to require login information to social networking sites and e-mail accounts.