By Brendan Sasso - 02/07/13 08:59 PM EST
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and others offered a similar bill, the Password Protection Act, last year, but neither measure came up for a committee vote.
Outrage first erupted after the Associated Press reported last year that some bosses have demanded that job applicants provide passwords to their private Facebook accounts to check for embarrassing or damaging information.
The passwords give employers access to the users’ private messages, photos and the profiles of their friends.
The AP story cited mostly isolated incidents — it is unclear how widespread the practice is.