Employers Seek Potential Employees' Passwords

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Imagine this: You arrive at a job interview, hoping to find a new career and a better way to put food on the table. After a decent interview, the manager hands you a form asking for your Facebook username and password; when you ask if they seriously want your password, they calmly inform you that they do indeed. Suddenly, you're torn between releasing your private information to basic strangers or risk not getting the job. Not so pleasant, huh? Yet across the United States, employers have been asking for potential employee's personal social networking information for total access to personal lives. The practice is done most commonly with public agencies such as police departments, but recently, private agencies have started following suit. Richard Blumenthal, a Democratic senator from Connecticut, has started speaking against the practice, and aims to write a Federal law to ban the practice from businesses, save a few public security exceptions. Some say the senator is wasting his time, as the issue is not overly prevalent; others are glad to see a senator protect citizen's privacy rights. What do you think? Should the Federal government make such a law? Are the employers who ask for passwords breaching privacy rights? What do you think?