Skip to comments.Facebook warns employers not to demand passwords
Posted on 03/23/2012 10:22:24 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA
NEW YORKFacebook 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.
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Should read “...as some here on FR predicted.”
I figured they would. It is interference by those companies in Facebook’s Intellectual Property, software licensing agreements, profits, etc. Tortious interference is just the start of such a lawsuit.
I don’t have a Facebook, Linkedin or any other social/relationship page.
If I did I would either not tell them about it or tell them it is private and privileged information.
Not gonna do it.
You’re right. The right nerves (money) were hit upon.
Anyone who has that social network crap deserves what they get. Check your machines for cookies, keyloggers etc. They’re all dangerous to your privacy.
It must be cold and dark in that cave you live in...
Not a fan of FB nor will I ever join. But I congratulate them and encourage them to fight this kind of nonsense.
Not having any of these things is the best method though.
Thank you, Facebook! There was no (legal, good, helpful)reason for people to give up their private information.
Well, I wouldn’t go that far. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter, and I don’t feel like a cave dweller.
It is not my cup of tea, but I don’t want to denigrate anyone who feels they have to or want to use it.
That said, I always hope that same courtesy is extended for me for NOT using them.
I have no social network accounts aside from FR. I don’t own a smartphone. I don’t have a laptop. My cave is very bright and well-stocked with private stashes of things that wouldn’t exist if I had social network accounts.
Privacy is tantamount to me.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
I’m VERY safe in my person and my liberty. Someone asks me for my Facebook password in an interview: “Sorry, I don’t have an account.” No other excuses required.
I finally got on FB just to keep up with a brother, nieces, nephews & two cousins, all who live out of town/state. I have to admit, it’s been a good thing, really keeps me in daily touch with them - just seeing pictures, etc. is priceless. My “friends” are all close family only - asking me to see my FB account would be like telling me to bring my family photo albums to an interview for review. I would walk out of an interview before I would let them look at my FB account .... and I am currently unemployed so this is not a hypothetical for me.
Everything you post or do on the web can be tracked if someone really wanted to do it.
Actually it’s quite comfy. There are a lot of us in here. ;)
We have enough wood and whale oil to last years...
People have no idea of what they’re allowing to happen to themselves and their machines, as well as their/their families’ future, by using that “social-crutch” junk.
All it takes is one “right click and save” and PRESTO, that pic of you doing “whatever” is saved FOREVER.
And what's going on with the innards of your machines? That's a whole other story,
How to get rid of that Facebook crap:
Sorry, I can’t help with Twitter, LinkedIn or the others.
I have not followed this story closely.
Has any news source actually named and verified specific companies that demanded passwords?
This sounds bogus to me.
But I am glad to read the facts if they are available.
I have a facebook account that I would gladly show to anyone. It is clean and nothing offense is on it. It is a tribute to my World of Warcraft guild and presents my digital artwork. On the other hand if an employer demanded that I show it, I would tell them to bite me. There is no need for paranoia over this unless your facebook page is filled with vile lol.
I don't have an account with any of those social sites, either, and my cave is toasty and well-lit. lol
Not bogus, very real.
Thank you carriage_hill!
“There is no need for paranoia over this unless your facebook page is filled with vile lol.”
True, but it presents a slippery slope of what type of information people think their entitled to. And that’s what needs to be stopped.
Obama’s Labor Dept. is gonna make any employers who did this rue the day.
Unions have figured out that Facebook is a dandy way to organize behind the boss’ back. And their friends in the Obama administration are not gonna let employers get in the way of that.
Right. Do a C:/ search for “cookies” and run Malwarebytes Free and see what garbage comes-up. I’ve cleaned/sanitized a lot of others’ machines from all that social network crap which is data-mining/spying/transmitting info, unbeknownst to them. I did warn them well in advance, but they didn’t listen. Remedial action is always more difficult once the machine is compromised, despite Norton/McAfee etc.
“...my cave is toasty and well-lit.”
Mine is that, and s-a-f-e & s-e-c-u-r-e, too, NHN.
due to careful planning ... a prospective employer can’t find me or any of my family members on the Internet...
and I’ve been on the Internet since 1993.
“People have no idea of what theyre allowing to happen to themselves and their machines, as well as their/their families future, by using that social-crutch junk.”
That post is dripping with irony. Kinda like decrying the evils of alcohol while in a bar, then ordering another shot.
Why anyone feels the need to telegraph their lives across the internet for any and all to see is beyond this non-FB user.
Ugh! Thank you, Alex. Just spent an hour in a job interview with a manager who butchered the language. Shame on me!
Good analogy, c. I don’t use either social networks or alcohol.
The weaker the economy, the more power the cronie capitalists have.
The door on the iron cage of modernity is closing fast.
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. Adam Smith.
It also can be applied when extracting more from employees than originally bargained for now that the economy is worse.
“I blew my nose, ewwww!”
“Hmmm...should have have 1 sugar or 2 in my coffee?”
WHO GIVES A SH*T?!?!?!
“I dont use social networks”
Uh...what do you think FR is?
I wonder how many of these companies have network security policies which explicitly forbid sharing passwords. Mine does.
Yes, you did.
“One extremely belligerent Freeper said employers could do whatever they wanted. Now it is clear they can't.”
“Once this practice became public knowledge it was only a matter of time before the gang in HR learned which side of the power game they were actually on.”
They're as disposable as a Pampers after a jar of veggies.
You’re 100% right!
Whoops! I had a post removed. What I said was true but it must have violated something. I had to happen sometime. I guess I am a veteran now:)
Where? Here or FB?
Here. I think I figured out why but I’m not real sure.
My cousin had to agree to a GPS tracking install in his PERSONAL truck if he wanted to keep his job. It cannot be turned, it was installed conecting to the engine or electrical system in the vehicle (not sure how)
It was part of a new company policy and everyone in his company had to do it that drives on company time whether in their own vehicle or not. He does drive for work, but why should they be able to have this info 24/7.
He is not happy about it but apparantly it is perfectly legal.
I don’t know about alcohol, but FR would probably be regarded as a “Social Network” by HR if they knew about it.