By Ed Oswald
Reports of prospective employers asking for Facebook passwords during the hiring process or as terms of employment has the social networking site upset. Facebook says asking for your password is a violation of privacy, and very well could set up the employer for legal action.
Criticism of the practice came to a head earlier this week following an Associated Press story detailing several individuals who had been subjected to disclosing their passwords to either obtain or to keep a job. Employers' attempts to peer into your social life has the attention of lawmakers too: in both Maryland and Illinois legislation is being considered to make the practice illegal.
Legislation at the federal level is sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). That bill would make it a violation of federal law for employers to use Facebook accounts as a condition of employment. He told Politico on Wednesday that he saw it as an "unreasonable invasion of privacy" and would have a bill ready soon.
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