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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:36 PM

Fork over your Facebook log-on or you don't get hired. What?

Anecdotal evidence isn't proof of widespread behavior, but reports that some companies want job applicants to turn over Facebook passwords are going to spark a political grab-fest.
by Charles Cooper | March 24, 2012 4:00 AM PDT

It sounded like a great Friday story, especially since nothing else was lighting up the ticker. A little after five in the morning, Pacific Time, Facebook issued a statement under the imprimatur of one Erin Egan, the company's chief privacy officer for policy.

Her post put employers on notice: Demand user profile and password information to gain access to peoples' Facebook profiles or private information and you just might wind up getting socked with a sweet lawsuit.

In recent months, we've seen a distressing increase in reports 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.

The most alarming of these practices is the reported incidences of employers asking prospective or actual employees to reveal their passwords. If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends. We have worked really hard at Facebook to give you the tools to control who sees your information.

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