Se­na­tor looks to bar em­ploy­ers from so­cial-me­dia pass­words

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SEAT­TLE | A U.S. se­na­tor is writ­ing a bill that would stop the prac­tice of em­ploy­ers ask­ing job ap­pli­cants for their Face­book or other so­cial-me­dia pass­words, he told the As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day.

Sen. Richard Blu­men­thal, Con­necti­cut Demo­crat, said that such a prac­tice is an “un­rea­son­able in­va­sion of privacy for peo­ple seek­ing work.”

“These prac­tices seem to be spread­ing, which is why fed­eral law ought to ad­dress them. They go be­yond the borders of in­di­vid­ual states and call for a na­tional so­lu­tion,” said Mr. Blu­men­thal, who first spoke to Politico on Wed­nes­day.

The AP re­ported this week that some pri­vate and public agen­cies around the coun­try are ask­ing job seek­ers for their so­cial-me­dia cre­den­tials. The prac­tice has alarmed privacy ad­vo­cates, but the le­gal­ity of it re­mains murky. law that has met with op­po­si­tion from some fel­low Repub­li­cans.

In re­cent days, the Mas­sachusetts Re­pub­li­can has re­leased a ra­dio ad and taken to the floor of the Se­nate to call for the re­newal of the Vi­o­lence Against Women Act. On Fri­day, he and his sis­ter plan to tour a shel­ter.

Mr. Brown said he takes his sup­port for the bill per­son­ally, de­scrib­ing him­self as a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, but Democrats say he’s try­ing to dis­tract fe­male vot­ers from his sup­port of an amend­ment that could have limited birth-con­trol cov­er­age

Mr. Brown is locked in a tight race with his chief Demo­cratic ri­val, El­iz­a­beth War­ren.

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