Employers and colleges are increasingly requesting access to individuals’ social networking profiles to learn more about them, causing privacy activists to take note.
Some employers had been asking applications to surrender their usernames and passwords during interviews, but a complaint from ACLU stopped that practice. Now many ask applicants to sign into their social accounts so the interviewer can look around.
“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. That’s why we’ve made it a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to share or solicit a Facebook password” Erin Egan, chief privacy officer, Facebook