Employers Demanding Facebook Log-In Information From Employees
If your employer adopts this new policy, your “private” Facebook account may not be so private anymore.
More and more businesses and employers are requiring their current and/or potential employees to hand over their Facebook log-in information in order to check out their profiles. This practice has become a big problem for may people, citing it as an invasion of privacy. In fact, the problem has become so widespread that some lawmakers are considering making a law banning the practice, because it’s not just infuriating, it could be illegal.
…even without this legislation, what many of these employers and universities are doing could be illegal. Since employers may be exposed to private information such as age, national origin, race, they could be violating the Stored Communications and Computer Fraud and Abuse acts.
Bradley Shear, a social media lawyer and expert in the field, also mentions that if they are a public institution they could be violating the first, fourth, and fifth amendments.
Now, I’ve got no problem with people checking out my profile on Facebook. As a matter of fact, it’s become something of a standard practice for employers to check out potential hires on Facebook. But I can’t think of any good reason why your employer would need your log-in information. Why would you let someone have that much access to your personal account? It’s like having someone go through your mail or read your texts or listen in on your phone calls. It’s a blatant invasion of privacy, and a practice that need sot be done away with fast, before the lawsuits come flying in.
On another note, Facebook has its own policy that discourages users from sharing their log-in information. But if your employer doesn’t have a Facebook account themselves, it really doesn’t hold any weight.