Employers Ask Job Applicants for Facebook Passwords

March 25, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Some employers have allegedly asked job applicants for Facebook passwords and other personal social media data. (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK—U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Charles E. Schumer reacted Sunday to recent reports of employers asking job applicants for Facebook and other social and personal passwords, in order to review personal data.

The senators call on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate these reports and whether this is a wide-scale trend.

Among the job applicants in the city who say they have been asked for such information, is a statistician featured in an Associated Press article. He had to provide his Facebook password to be considered for the job, so the employer could review his personal profile information.

Facebook publicly denounced the practice on Friday, posting on its site that this practice violates its privacy policies and could bring discrimination lawsuits down on employers.