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New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal are calling on the Department of Justice and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate reports that employers are asking job applicants for Facebook and other social media passwords during job interviews. This begs for the question, why would a potential employer feel the need to ask for your Facebook password in the first place.  The answer is simple, Facebook allows you to restrict access to your profile to just your friends or even a totally private group, so unless you grant access or give a potential employer your password, the potential employer would have no way to see your private information.  And, this begs for another question … what is private information in the 21st century.  If you publish your pictures, writings or opinions on a social media site, isn’t it already there for the world to see?  Obviously, these are growing pains as we transition into the information age.

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Named LinkedIn’s #1 Voice in Technology for 2017, Shelly Palmer is CEO of The Palmer Group, a strategic advisory, technology solutions and business development practice focused at the nexus of media and marketing with a special emphasis on machine learning and data-driven decision-making. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert, writes a weekly column for AdAge, and is a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com or subscribe to our daily email http://ow.ly/WsHcb

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"Shelly Palmer Radio Report – March 26, 2012" by @ShellyPalmer

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