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Job Applicants Asked for Facebook Passwords- Facebook Weighs In

Posted in Privacy, Social Media

We recently wrote about the practice of some employers to ask applicants for their Facebook login and password information, so they can have a “look around” as part of the interview process. Facebook had the following to say in a blog entry posted on March 23:

In recent months, we’ve seen a distressing increase in repors of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles or private information.  This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends.  It also potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability.

For the full Facebook blog posting, click here.