Sen­a­tors ask feds to probe re­quests for pass­words

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

SEAT­TLE | Two U.S. sen­a­tors are ask­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric H. Holder Jr. to in­ves­ti­gate whether em­ploy­ers ask­ing for Face­book pass­words dur­ing job in­ter­views are vi­o­lat­ing fed­eral law.

Demo­cratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer of New York and Richard Blu­men­thal of Con­necti­cut said Sun­day that they are call­ing on the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and the U.S. Equal Em­ploy­ment Op­por­tu­nity Com­mis­sion to launch in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The sen­a­tors are send­ing let­ters to the heads of the agen­cies.

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported last 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.

Face­book warned em­ploy­ers Fri­day not to ask job ap­pli­cants for their pass­words to the site, say­ing pro­tected in­for­ma­tion is of­ten dis­played on pro­files.


Doc­tors say for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney, 71, did not re­ceive spe­cial treat­ment when he was given a new heart Satur­day. Mr. Cheney had se­vere con­ges­tive heart fail­ure and had suf­fered five heart at­tacks in the past 25 years.

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