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#1 TheSentinel

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:26 PM

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Facebook bans employers from snooping on job seekers' profiles
By Ed Oswald

2012-03-23

Reports of prospective employers asking for Facebook passwords during the hiring process or as terms of employment has the social networking site upset. Facebook says asking for your password is a violation of privacy, and very well could set up the employer for legal action.

Criticism of the practice came to a head earlier this week following an Associated Press story detailing several individuals who had been subjected to disclosing their passwords to either obtain or to keep a job. Employers' attempts to peer into your social life has the attention of lawmakers too: in both Maryland and Illinois legislation is being considered to make the practice illegal.

Legislation at the federal level is sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). That bill would make it a violation of federal law for employers to use Facebook accounts as a condition of employment. He told Politico on Wednesday that he saw it as an "unreasonable invasion of privacy" and would have a bill ready soon.

Detailed information at: http://betanews.com/...ekers-profiles/


#2 TheSentinel

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:34 PM

See also:

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Facebook tells employers not to ask job seekers for log-in info
Employers ask potential employees to log in and show private information, reports say
By Loek Essers
March 23, 2012 11:39 AM ET

http://www.computerw...for_log_in_info


#3 TheSentinel

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:46 PM

Another addition to have a look at:

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Facebook Password Requests from Employers Raise Ire of Lawmakers

By John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld Mar 25, 2012 8:16 AM

http://www.pcworld.c....html#tk.hp_new



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