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Senators: Employers Asking For Workers' Facebook Passwords May Not Be Legal

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Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut say employers who ask interviewees for their Facebook and e-mail passwords could be violating federal law.

The senators are asking the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Justice Department to launch a federal investigation into whether asking for the passwords is legal.

Both senators called the practice a "grave intrusion" into an applicant's privacy rights and said employers could be opening themselves up to discrimination lawsuits.

On Friday, Facebook warned employers not to ask job applicants for their passwords to the site so they can poke around on their profiles and posts.

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