Facebook warns employers asking for passwords of jobs applicants, citing privacy and security concerns

By on Mar 24, 2012 in Internet, Lifestyle, Technology, World Comments

Facebook warned on Friday, March 23, 2012 the employers who are asking for their Facebook passwords of jobs applicants to stop their activity, and cited the integrity of privacy of Facebook users, as well as their safety.

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According to a press release by Facebook on its official blog that day, the practice of some employers who ask job applicants to give them their Facebook passwords undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends.

Apparently, Facebook noted that sharing or soliciting a Facebook password violates their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities policy, and that the employer who seeks this access is being potentially exposed to unanticipated legal liability.

Below is an excerpt of the statement of Facebook with respect to cases of employers asking for passwords of job applicants, as written by Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Policy of Facebook.

“If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends. We have worked really hard at Facebook to give you the tools to control who sees your information.

As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job. And as the friend of a user, you shouldn’t have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don’t know and didn’t intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job.

We don’t think employers should be asking prospective employees to provide their passwords because we don’t think it’s right the thing to do. But it also may cause problems for the employers that they are not anticipating.

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.”

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