Senators request federal probe of Facebook password requests by employers
Two U.S. senators want an investigation into whether employers violated federal law when they asked job applicants for their Facebook passwords, according to a report in USA Today.
Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are asking the Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to launch investigations, according to the report.
The issue of employers seeking access to prospective employees' social media accounts is gaining prominence, as questions arise over potential legal issues - and whether employers should be doing this.
From a recent Associated Press report: "It's akin to requiring someone's house keys," said Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor and former federal prosecutor who calls it "an egregious privacy violation."