Senator looks to bar employers from social-media passwords
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.
Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki passes out commemorative cherry blossom bracelets. The National Cherry Blossom Festival this year is marking the 100th anniversary of the gift of cherry blossom trees from Tokyo to Washington. Events continue until April 27.