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Facebook warns employers not to demand passwords

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:52 a.m. HST, Mar 23, 2012

NEW YORK >> Facebook is warning employers not to demand the passwords of job applicants, saying that it's an invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities.

The social networking company is also threatening legal action.

An Associated Press story this week documented cases of job applicants who are being asked, at the interview table, to reveal their Facebook passwords so their prospective employers can check their backgrounds.

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.

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

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Grimbold wrote:
The diarrhia of the mouth has been replaced by facebook.
on March 23,2012 | 06:31AM
IAmSane wrote:
You should probably go see a doctor about that.
on March 23,2012 | 05:44PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
This is ridiculous. The employers really want to pry into the private life of potential employees. I guess once hired, the employer will start demanding reports of what you did on your weekends.
on March 23,2012 | 06:59AM
AniMatsuri wrote:
This is just the next step considering they some employers already fire people for smoking or not hire them because of it.
on March 23,2012 | 07:15AM
1local wrote:
Once you post something on line - There is no expectation of privacy.
on March 23,2012 | 07:10AM
Cubsfan wrote:
Just call um "STALKERS."
on March 23,2012 | 07:30AM
loquaciousone wrote:
TRANSLATION: Cancel your Facebook account.
on March 23,2012 | 07:38AM
false wrote:
Violation of privacy, plain and simple!
on March 23,2012 | 08:04AM
gtracer66 wrote:
Another reason why I cancelled my Facebook account. Too many people wanting to know too much about is.
on March 23,2012 | 09:43AM
808warriorfan wrote:
on March 24,2012 | 12:32AM
st1d wrote:
you are responsible for what ever is posted via your email or social media accounts. your password is the sole defense against hackers using your accounts to post illegal material. you should not be required to submit your passwords to strangers who may use your accounts in an illegal manner. if you do surrender your password to the interviewer immediately change it at your first opportunity. after all, they only required that you inform them of the password and made no request that you keep it after disclosing it.
on March 23,2012 | 08:37PM
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