Employers Who Require Job Applicants’ Facebook Passwords
It’s not illegal to be an asshole, but it CAN put you at the business end of a huge lawsuit. Facebook is threatening legal action against the growing number of sickfuck nosy employers who have too much time on their hands.
More and more employers are demanding that employees and job applicants provide their Facebook login IDs and passwords. Or in less extreme cases, they’re told to log on to Facebook — without revealing their password — and then allow a supervisor to pore over their Facebook page.
Get a life! Were these stupid shits getting bored watching paint dry or pulling the wings off of flies? Don’t they have some real work to do?
Facebook’s chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, has posted a note on Facebook’s privacy page. The note says Facebook will “take action to protect the privacy and security of our users.”
It also says:
“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.”
“Facebook takes your privacy seriously. We’ll take action to protect the privacy and security of our users, whether by engaging policymakers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action, including by shutting down applications that abuse their privileges.”
It’s too bad these Peeping Toms needed to be told to grow up and find something constructive to do. Hopefully they’ll heed the warning.