Would You Give Up Facebook Password At A Job Interview?

March 26, 2012 Updated Mar 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 26, 2012 Updated Mar 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – Some employers are demanding that applicants turn over their Facebook passwords during job interviews, but some politicians are claiming it goes against many rights.

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are asking the Attorney General to look into the matter. They feel the password requests are a violation of Federal law and privacy rights. Job applicants in the public and private sector have reported the practice nationwide.

“We certainly wouldn’t be willing to let employers go through our diaries or text messages on our cell phones because we wanted a job. There is a coercive nature here. You want the job so badly that if the employer asks, you may be afraid to say no,” Schumer said.

Facebook has threatened to sue any employer who asks applicants for their passwords.