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Blumenthal Plans Bill Banning Employers From Demanding Access To Job Applicants' Social Media Accounts

BY Raphael Majma | Thursday, March 22 2012

Senator Richard Blumenthal is standing up for Facebook users, promising to end the practice of employers requesting social media passwords from prospective employees.

Over the course of the week, reports have come out concerning the rising trend in employers seemingly coercing passwords from job applicants.

Illinois and Maryland are two states that have introduced legislation that would ban the practice, but Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, will introduce a bill in the Senate that would do the same on a national level. Politico reports that Blumenthal will introduce the legislation “in the very near future.” The legislation will not only bar the practice from being used against future employees, but will include measures to protect existing employees.