Not long after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., several people set up tribute pages on Facebook to encourage donations to help affected families. Some did so out of the kindness of their hearts, while some were just trying to cash in. Facebook has agreed to take down Sandy Hook tribute pages that people feel exist solely to exploit the tragedy.
The latest attempt to push through legislation aimed at protecting the passwords of Facebook users came in the form of The Password Protection Act of 2012, which was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), with an identical companion bill brought to the House of Representatives by Reps. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.).
Two Democratic Senators, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Charles Schumer of New York, have asked the U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate whether U.S. law already prohibits employers to force job applicants to surrender their Facebook passwords.
Facebook is mounting a strong resistance against the trend of employers and others forcing users of the social networks to surrender their passwords, and the company has found an ally in U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat.