Bill would protect job seekers' online privacy

April 30, 2012 4:26:04 PM PDT
Facebook users would be allowed to withhold their information from employers under a bill sponsored by Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowski.

The bill comes in response to reports of employers requesting Facebook passwords from job candidates.

Representative Schakowski calls the Social Networking Online Protection Act a privacy safeguard.

"This is just above and beyond," she said. "I think most people feel those things should not be open to their employers or potential employers."

The bill would allow students to likewise withhold their passwords from college administrators.