US Senators Chuck Schumer and Richard Blumenthal Asks Attorney General To Investigate Probe Requests For Passwords

Posted on Mar 26 2012 - 4:59am by Editorial Staff

The report last week that states some private and public agencies around the country are asking job seekers for their social media credentials. US senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have both requested that Attorney General Eric Holder investigate claims that some employers have started asking job applicants for their Facebook login details.

The main reason behind the request is that senators want to know that if these practices would violate either the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) or the Stored Communication Act (SCA). Both the senators also said that they were drafting letters to the Department of Justice and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to launch full scale investigation over the matter.

Senator Schumer’s full statement to the Associated Press: In an age where more and more of our personal information — and our private social interactions — are online, it is vital that all individuals be allowed to determine for themselves what personal information they want to make public and protect personal information from their would-be employers. This is especially important during the job-seeking process, when all the power is on one side of the fence.

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