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Facebook Warns Prospective Employers Not to Ask for Passwords in Job Interviews

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A story about employers asking prospective workers for their Facebook  passwords during job interviews has spread rapidly this week on the Web. Now, Facebook  itself has joined the fray, warning employers to back off.
When I first heard about the story, I thought it was a joke. But it's serious, as this piece from Reuters shows, with its headline "More Employers Asking for Facebook Passwords." From the Reuters piece:

Studies have shown that Facebook can be a useful hiring tool. Just a 5- to 10-minute perusal of a user's profile can net more information than a basic personality test. It's no wonder employers head to the site to check out prospective hires.


But one problem remains: Many users are now going private, cutting off their profiles from outside viewers. As a result, a new trend has emerged. Employers are reportedly now asking job applicants for Facebook passwords. Is this a good idea? Can you legally ask a job applicant for a Facebook password?


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The social networking company is also threatening legal action. . . .


In a post on Friday, Facebook's chief privacy officer cautions that if an employer discovers that a job applicant is a member of a protected group, the employer may open itself up to claims of discrimination if it doesn't hire that person.

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"If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password," Erin Egan wrote.

 

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