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Facebook warns employers not to demand passwords
Boston.com ^ | March 23, 2012 | AP

Posted on 03/23/2012 10:22:24 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA

NEW YORK—Facebook 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1984; bigbrother; facebook; pryingeyes
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Follow up to story from earlier this week. FB strikes back, as some here on FB predicted.
1 posted on 03/23/2012 10:22:33 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA
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To: GOPsterinMA

Should read “...as some here on FR predicted.”


2 posted on 03/23/2012 10:23:47 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

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.


3 posted on 03/23/2012 10:25:41 AM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

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.


4 posted on 03/23/2012 10:26:26 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: CodeToad

You’re right. The right nerves (money) were hit upon.


5 posted on 03/23/2012 10:28:03 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

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.


6 posted on 03/23/2012 10:28:48 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: Vendome

It must be cold and dark in that cave you live in...


7 posted on 03/23/2012 10:29:04 AM PDT by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Not a fan of FB nor will I ever join. But I congratulate them and encourage them to fight this kind of nonsense.


8 posted on 03/23/2012 10:29:30 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Vendome
I have a fake FB account. If "they" look for real me online, good luck.

Not having any of these things is the best method though.

9 posted on 03/23/2012 10:30:26 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Thank you, Facebook! There was no (legal, good, helpful)reason for people to give up their private information.


10 posted on 03/23/2012 10:30:45 AM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10; Enterprise; carriage_hill

AMEN!


11 posted on 03/23/2012 10:32:34 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: TSgt

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.


12 posted on 03/23/2012 10:32:38 AM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: Vendome; TSgt

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.


13 posted on 03/23/2012 10:33:33 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Vendome

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.


14 posted on 03/23/2012 10:33:58 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: carriage_hill

Everything you post or do on the web can be tracked if someone really wanted to do it.


15 posted on 03/23/2012 10:34:09 AM PDT by svcw (CLEAN WATER & Education http://www.longlostsis.com/PI/MayanHelp2012.html)
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To: TSgt

Actually it’s quite comfy. There are a lot of us in here. ;)


16 posted on 03/23/2012 10:34:22 AM PDT by TexasSecede79366 (Soap box,jury box,ballot box,bullet box. Where are we now?)
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To: TSgt

We have enough wood and whale oil to last years...


17 posted on 03/23/2012 10:40:52 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: svcw; GOPsterinMA

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.


18 posted on 03/23/2012 10:43:09 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: carriage_hill
You're 100% right!

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,

19 posted on 03/23/2012 10:47:39 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; All

Facebook dangers:

http://www.myid.com/blog/the-secret-dangers-of-facebook/

How to get rid of that Facebook crap:

http://www.wikihow.com/Permanently-Delete-a-Facebook-Account

Sorry, I can’t help with Twitter, LinkedIn or the others.


20 posted on 03/23/2012 10:50:10 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: GOPsterinMA

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.


21 posted on 03/23/2012 10:51:22 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: GOPsterinMA

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.


22 posted on 03/23/2012 10:54:07 AM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: TSgt; Vendome
It must be cold and dark in that cave you live in...

I don't have an account with any of those social sites, either, and my cave is toasty and well-lit. lol

23 posted on 03/23/2012 10:54:44 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: zeestephen

Not bogus, very real.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2861367/posts


24 posted on 03/23/2012 10:59:52 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: carriage_hill; All

Thank you carriage_hill!


25 posted on 03/23/2012 11:00:13 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: lwoodham

“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.


26 posted on 03/23/2012 11:01:29 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: GOPsterinMA
I said on that earlier post that any company that did this would eventually end up on the wrong end of a lawsuit. In the article it pointed out all the legal agreements, laws and contracts they were breaking. One extremely belligerent Freeper said employers could do whatever they wanted. Now it is clear they can't.

The HR departments of prospective employers assumed they could bully job applicants, and get away with it, because in a bad economy they have all the power. What they failed to take into account was that their actions were also crossing legal swords with another big company. Facebook has some good lawyers, and even they don't compare to one of the lawsuit for profit groups like ACLU.

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. The corporate office may throw a bottom level employee to the dogs rather than take on HR. But they will throw HR to the wolves rather than face problems from Legal.
27 posted on 03/23/2012 11:02:07 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Vendome

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.


28 posted on 03/23/2012 11:02:35 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rarestia
Privacy is tantparamount to me.

Regards,

29 posted on 03/23/2012 11:02:45 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: GOPsterinMA

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.


30 posted on 03/23/2012 11:02:45 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: Night Hides Not

“...my cave is toasty and well-lit.”

Mine is that, and s-a-f-e & s-e-c-u-r-e, too, NHN.


31 posted on 03/23/2012 11:06:54 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: GOPsterinMA

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.


32 posted on 03/23/2012 11:07:05 AM PDT by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: carriage_hill

“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.”

That post is dripping with irony. Kinda like decrying the evils of alcohol while in a bar, then ordering another shot.


33 posted on 03/23/2012 11:12:12 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Why anyone feels the need to telegraph their lives across the internet for any and all to see is beyond this non-FB user.


34 posted on 03/23/2012 11:18:44 AM PDT by bgill
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To: alexander_busek

Ugh! Thank you, Alex. Just spent an hour in a job interview with a manager who butchered the language. Shame on me!


35 posted on 03/23/2012 11:20:49 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: ctdonath2

Good analogy, c. I don’t use either social networks or alcohol.


36 posted on 03/23/2012 11:21:41 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: GOPsterinMA

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.


37 posted on 03/23/2012 11:24:42 AM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: xtinct

Nice!


38 posted on 03/23/2012 11:26:53 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: bgill
It's gay if you ask me.

“I blew my nose, ewwww!”

“Hmmm...should have have 1 sugar or 2 in my coffee?”

WHO GIVES A SH*T?!?!?!

39 posted on 03/23/2012 11:26:53 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: carriage_hill

“I don’t use social networks”

Uh...what do you think FR is?


40 posted on 03/23/2012 11:27:53 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I wonder how many of these companies have network security policies which explicitly forbid sharing passwords. Mine does.


41 posted on 03/23/2012 11:29:48 AM PDT by The Free Engineer
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To: GonzoGOP
‘I said on that earlier post that any company that did this would eventually end up on the wrong end of a lawsuit.”

Yes, you did.

“One extremely belligerent Freeper said employers could do whatever they wanted. Now it is clear they can't.”

Crystal clear.

“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.

42 posted on 03/23/2012 11:30:18 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: carriage_hill

Thanks again!


43 posted on 03/23/2012 11:30:32 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: King Moonracer

You’re 100% right!


44 posted on 03/23/2012 11:34:32 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

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:)


45 posted on 03/23/2012 11:37:28 AM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: The Free Engineer

Great point.


46 posted on 03/23/2012 11:38:27 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: lwoodham

Where? Here or FB?


47 posted on 03/23/2012 11:39:30 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Here. I think I figured out why but I’m not real sure.


48 posted on 03/23/2012 11:42:48 AM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

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.


49 posted on 03/23/2012 11:44:32 AM PDT by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: carriage_hill

I don’t know about alcohol, but FR would probably be regarded as a “Social Network” by HR if they knew about it.


50 posted on 03/23/2012 11:46:24 AM PDT by NathanR
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