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Monday, March 26, 2012
Consensus Forming on Employers Requesting Facebook Passwords
As discussed in my last post,
employers requesting Facebook passwords in job interviews has generated a lot of backlash
. It's a hot topic amongst employment law bloggers, and I'm starting to see some trends:
Requesting passwords or logins is a bad idea because it is obnoxious and intrusive;
It might be illegal (Stored Communications Act, privacy, discovering information that could lead to discrimination claims);
It's not common practice; and
Employment law bloggers are awesome (who am I to argue?) and have been all over these issues since before it was trendy.
Don't take my word for it, read for yourselves. Here are just a few of the usual suspects weighing in:
Relax! Businesses Don't Want Employee Facebook Passwords
from Eric Meyer at The Employer Handbook
Can We All Agree that Requiring Facebook Passwords is a Bad Idea, and Move On?
from Jon Hyman at Ohio Employer's Law Blog
Think Twice Before Asking Applicants for Facebook Passwords
from Dan Schwartz at Connecticut Employment Law Blog
Big Mistake for Employers to Demand Employees' Facebook Passwords
from Chris McKinney at Texas Employment Law Blog
Requiring Employees or Job Applicants to Turn Over Facebook Passwords? Three Reasons Why this is a Horrible Idea
from Jason Shinn at Michigan Employment law Advisor
Do you have an employment law blog with a different take? Drop a comment and let me know (feel free to include a link if it's on point).
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