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Relax! Businesses Don't Want Employee Facebook Passwords

But, if you think they do -- maybe you read this article last week -- then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you , sucker. Come on! The sky isn't falling. Demanding social media access from employees and potential hires and is most definitely the exception and not the rule. And I'll set...

Employers Requesting Facebook Passwords - The Backlash

Last week, a widely circulated Associated Press article, Employers Ask Job Seekers for Facebook Passwords , generated a ton of controversy. The article includes stories of job interviewers requesting Facebook, and other social network, usernames and passwords - or, the slightly less intrusive practice...

Can We All Agree that Requiring Facebook Passwords Is a Bad Idea, and Move On?

A lot of ink has been recently spilled in both the popular media and the blawgosphere over the apparent trend of employers requiring job applicants to turn over their Facebook passwords as part of the hiring process. The coverage has been so thick and the outrage so great that United States Senators...

Facebook Passwords: The New Unlawful Surveillance of the Work Place

The subject of employer compelled disclosure of employee social media passwords has swept the blog and news worlds. Facebook has weighed in on the subject, and Senators Blumenthal and Schummer have asked the EEOC and the Department of Justice to investigate whether such demands violate current law. Jon...

Employers Who Demand Facebook Passwords. Oy Vey.

Employers who require job-seekers to turn over their Facebook passwords remain a mystery to me. Really, what are they thinking? As if the potential negative publicity alone is not enough of a deterrent, you'd think that employers would be aware that there are potential legal implications, as...

More States Consider Facebook-Privacy Legislation

Maryland was the first state to pass legislation prohibiting employers from requiring an employee or applicant to turn over his or her Facebook password or log-in information for other social-networking sites. On April 19, 2012, a similar law moved forward in the California state legislature...

New Federal Law Will Bar Employer Demands For Online Passwords

A few weeks ago, as reported here , Maryland became the first state to pass legislation that would ban employers from demanding that employees or job candidates turn over their social media passwords. Could a federal law be soon to follow? Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) has introduced legislation...

Fed. Legislation, SNOPA, Would Prohibit Facebook Snooping

Employers who request an employee's or job applicant's Facebook password continue to face pushback in legislatures across the country. As I posted last week, several states have introduced bills that would prohibit this type of coerced Facebook access . These states are following Maryland's...

Facebook-Privacy Laws: Update

Legislation, both state and federal, prohibiting employers from requesting an employee's or applicant's password continues to make progress. In Particular, the pending bills in California and New Jersey passed to the next level of their respective legislatures yesterday. The first two federal...