Senators ask feds to probe requests for passwords

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. While disturbing, the problem is likely not very widespread. Forbes called it "the great Facebook employee password nonissue," saying most o

Senators ask feds to probe requests for passwords

(AP) -- 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 ...

Sun 25 Mar 12 from Phys.org

Senators ask feds to probe requests for passwords, Sun 25 Mar 12 from AP

Facebook takes steps to address privacy concerns

(AP) -- Facebook has taken steps in recent days to address more worries about privacy, warning employers not to ask prospective employees for their passwords and trying to clarify its user "rights ...

Fri 23 Mar 12 from Phys.org

Facebook warns employers not to demand passwords

(AP) -- Facebook is warning employers not to demand the passwords of job applicants, saying that it's an invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities.

Fri 23 Mar 12 from Phys.org

Facebook warns employers not to demand passwords, Fri 23 Mar 12 from Ubergizmo

House Shoots Down Bill That Would Have Stopped Employers From Demanding Your Facebook Password

Well, that didn't take long. A proposed Facebook user protection amendment introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives has already been shot down. The legislation, offered by Democratic ...

Wed 28 Mar 12 from TechCrunch

Senators want ruling on whether Facebook password requests are illegal

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 ...

Mon 26 Mar 12 from Arstechnica

Senators ask feds to probe requests for Facebook passwords

Sens. Blumenthal and Schumer are asking for a probe of whether asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews violates federal law.

Sun 25 Mar 12 from USA today

Facebook, lawmakers warn employers not to demand passwords

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook and lawmakers have warned employers against requesting Facebook passwords while screening job applicants, a controversial practice that underscores the blurring ...

Fri 23 Mar 12 from Reuters Technology

Should you give up your Facebook password for background checks?

]]>The Internet has been abuzz recently over the practice of using Facebook as a background check as a condition for employment. Reports have surfaced that some employers have gone beyond just ...

Fri 23 Mar 12 from Dvice

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