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Blumenthal: Requiring Passwords Off Limits

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 22, 2012

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is drafting legislation that will outlaw the employer practice of requiring job seekers to share access to their social networking passwords or profiles, POLITICO reports. Blumenthal says the practice is an "unreasonable invasion of privacy," and he is "very deeply troubled by the practices that seem to be spreading voraciously around the country." Saying the bill will be ready "in the very near future," Blumenthal added that employers have many avenues to find out about prospective employees. A George Washington law professor said the practice is "akin to requiring someone's house keys." States, including Illinois and Maryland, have already introduced such legislation.
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