Interesting report from Ars Technica saying that Facebook is considering several options, including lawsuits, to prevent current and potential employers from demanding employee Facebook login details.
It is becoming an increasingly popular tactic for job interviewers to ask for an applicants Facebook logins when said applicants have a Private profile on the social networking site. Though clearly a privacy violation, employers are justifying it as a potential risk minimization move by verifying that you don’t have anything potential embarrassing to the company lurking behind that privacy wall.
Fortunately for all of us, such tactics actually violate Facebooks’ Usage Agreements.
“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.”
-Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan