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:
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).

Image: Facebook logo used in commentary on Facebook.