CBR has some additional coverage of the ongoing flap over potential employers requesting Facebook passwords, including feedback from Facebook’s chief privacy officer.
Facebook asserts that this violates the expectation of user security and warns that those contacting the site for such information may be exposing themselves to “unanticipated legal liability.”
This is similar to the point I was trying to make in my earlier thoughts on the subject. Asking for this kind of information must be so tempting to HR personnel who are under incredible pressure to make the right hires these days, but they need to be very careful.
It seems like we aren’t too far away from one or more high-profile legal cases — but maybe that is what it will take for both employers and applicants to find out what the true privacy boundaries are.
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