Senators Ask For Investigation Into Requests for Facebook Passwords

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Two U.S. senators - Democrats Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Chuck Schumer of New York - are calling for a full probe into whether employers who ask for Facebook passwords during job interviews are violating federal law.

On Friday, Facebook executives warned employers to knock off the behavior, threatening legal action against practices that violate its long-standing policy against sharing passwords. Personal information such as gender, race, religion and age can be displayed on a Facebook profile - all details that are protected by federal employment law.

The U.S. senators said they want to know if the practice of asking potential employees for Facebook passwords violates the Stored Communications Act or the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The laws prohibit intentional access to electronic information without authorization and intentional access to a computer without authorization.