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« on: March 06, 2012, 09:00:23 AM »

http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/06/10585353-govt-agencies-colleges-demand-applicants-facebook-passwords
Govt. agencies, colleges demand applicants' Facebook passwords
By Bob Sullivan
March 6, 2012

If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can't see your private posts, guess again.

Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and some are demanding full access from job applicants and student athletes.
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2012, 10:55:21 AM »

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/23/tech/social-media/facebook-employers/
Facebook speaks out against employers asking for passwords
Doug Gross, CNN
March 23, 2012

(CNN) -- Facebook has weighed in on a practice by some businesses asking employees or job applicants for their passwords to the popular social-media site.

In a nutshell? Facebook says don't do it unless you want to get sued.

"This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user's friends," Erin Egan, the site's chief privacy officer, wrote Friday on the site's Facebook and Privacy Page. "It also potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability."

Egan said that Facebook has seen a "distressing increase" in reports of job candidates being asked for their passwords over the past few months. She notes the practice violates not just the user's privacy but also that of his or her Facebook friends.

It also might violate employment laws, according to the post.

"(W)e don't think it's right the thing to do," she said. "But it also may cause problems for the employers that they are not anticipating. For example, if an employer sees on Facebook that someone is a member of a protected group (e.g. over a certain age, etc.) that employer may open themselves up to claims of discrimination if they don't hire that person."

Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union spoke out against the practice. The group said they've gotten multiple reports of people either being asked for their passwords or required to "friend" managers when they were applying for jobs.
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It is already against Facebook's terms of service to share a password.

"You will not share your password, (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account," the agreement reads.   

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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2012, 02:11:45 PM »

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74325.html
Senator: Ban bosses from asking for Facebook passwords
By TONY ROMM
March 21, 2012

Sen. Richard Blumenthal has a status update for employers who ask job seekers for access to their private Facebook accounts: He’s writing a bill to outlaw the practice.

The Connecticut Democrat and former state attorney general told POLITICO that those kind of requests from prospective employers amount to an "unreasonable invasion of privacy" for those looking for work. Blumenthal said it ought to be prohibited, just like other banned employment practices such as administering polygraph tests to screen applicants.
"I am very deeply troubled by the practices that seem to be spreading voraciously around the country," Blumenthal said in an interview. He added that an "employer has a lot of ways to find out information" about potential new employees.

Blumenthal said his bill would be ready "in the very near future."
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2012, 09:58:30 AM »

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57403315-93/fork-over-your-facebook-log-on-or-you-dont-get-hired-what/
Fork over your Facebook log-on or you don't get hired. What?
Anecdotal evidence isn't proof of widespread behavior, but reports that some companies want job applicants to turn over Facebook passwords are going to spark a political grab-fest.
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 03:15:50 PM »

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-25/lawmakers-call-for-investigation-of-facebook-password-requests
Probe of Facebook Password Requests Sought
By Michael Riley
March 25, 2012

Two U.S. senators will ask the Justice Department to investigate whether employers who require job applicants to hand over confidential passwords to Facebook and other social networking sites are violating federal law, the lawmakers said today.

New York Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate’s third- ranking Democrat, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, will ask the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to examine the practice as well.
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2012, 11:51:02 PM »

http://www.khou.com/news/Teachers-aide-fired-for-not-giving-up-Facebook-password-145877155.html
Teacher’s aide fired for not giving up Facebook password
April 3, 2012

HOUSTON—A teacher’s aide in Michigan has been suspended because she refused to give her Facebook password to her employer. And our KHOU 11 News legal expert says it could easily happen in Texas, as well.

Kimberly Hester of Cassopolis, Mich., posted a picture last year of a coworker’s pants down around her ankles. Only the coworker’s pants and shoes are visible in the photo.

At the time, Hester was a teacher’s aide at Frank Squires Elementary in Cassopolis. Another parent, who is one of Hester’s Facebook friends, notified the school superintendent.

Hester said she was told by Lewis Cass ISD Superintendent Robert Colby that he would like her Facebook password, so that he could view the photo himself.

"He asked me three times if he could view my Facebook and I repeatedly said I was not OK with that," said Hester.

In a letter to Hester from the Lewis Cass ISD Special Education Director, he wrote "…in the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration access to you[r] Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act accordingly."

Hester has since been suspended, and her case is headed for arbitration
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