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Minnesota bill would put Facebook off-limits to employers

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are joining a sudden move to block employers from asking applicants for their passwords to social networking sites.

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The Associated Press reported earlier this month that some public and private employers were seeking the passwords as a way to find out more information about their applicants.

Two Republicans, Sen. Sean Nienow and Rep. Mary Franson, have a bill that would prohibit it. The bill includes all sites where users can make a profile and control who sees it.

Similar bills have been introduced in California, Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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