Skip to main content

Facebook To Stop Employers' Requests For Passwords

There's nothing worse than posting a job-related update complaining about your workplace only to discover that your boss has picked up on said complaint. So what better way to avoid these unfortunate circumstances than say, I don't know - give them your Facebook password?

Think I'm joking? Think again. A number of reports have been hitting the news with regards to employers requesting the login details of their potential candidates - either through asking applicants for their passwords or requesting that they log in during their interview. Apparently, universities are also adopting this approach; as a way of keeping tabs on promising athletes.

But it appears that employers may have to rethink this strategy, as sharing or soliciting a Facebook password is against the social networking site's law - as stated in their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

"This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user's friends," Egan wrote on the Facebook Privacy blog. "It also potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability."

Not only do employers put themselves at potential risk, but they also face possible claims of discrimination should the discovery of data such as sexual orientation and origin not align with the manager's beliefs.

Facebook's statement proposes that the service is willing to put a stop to this madness - and will even take legal action should it get out of hand.

"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."

Source: Mashable

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and joins ITProPortal with just over a year's experience under her online belt. A copywriter by day and a freelance writer by night/weekend, Mariel is an avid volunteer - lending her charitable services throughout the world. Specialising in social media, apps, and video games, Mariel hopes to intertwine her love of technology with the English language to produce amusing anecdotes of ambiguous algorithms and alliteration