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Rep. Mary Franson of Alexandria uses her computer on the Minnesota House floor. She sponsors a bill that would forbid businesses from asking for potential employees' Facebook passwords. (Don Davis, Forum Communications)

Minnesota bill would make users' private social network sites off-limits to employers

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Conservative and liberal Minnesota legislators are combining efforts to stop a business practice they say invades job applicants' privacy.


National reports in recent days have told of employers, both private and public, demanding passwords for social Internet sites potential employees use. The employers then have access to personal information of the job applicant.

"We want to protect the privacy of those job seekers," Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, said about her bill.

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