(NEW YORK) — Two U.S. senators are asking the U.S. Justice Department to determine whether employers who request the Facebook login information of potential employees are violating federal law, Bloomberg News reports.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will also ask the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate the practice. The announcement follows a statement issued on Friday by Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan, which discouraged employers from asking job applicants for their Facebook usernames and passwords.
The two senators said the practice may violate federal anti-hacking statutes.
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