March 27, 2012
NEW YORK. Two Democrat senators will ask the Justice Department to investigate whether employers who require job applicants to hand over passwords to Facebook and other social networking sites are violating US law.
New York's Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate's third-ranking Democrat, and Connecticut's Senator Richard Blumenthal will also ask the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to examine the practice.
Facebook says reports that some businesses are asking potential employees for passwords in order to view private posts and pictures as part of the job application process are ''alarming''. The two lawmakers said the practice might violate federal anti-hacking statutes.