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Facebook privacy chief fires warning shot at bosses who dem

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:57 am    Post subject: Facebook privacy chief fires warning shot at bosses who dem Reply with quote

div class="track"img alt="" src="" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"Social networking site warns against employers who ask for the passwords of job applicants, saying legal action is possible/ppFacebook has hit out at the practice of employers asking for access to the accounts of their staff and potential hires./ppThe social network's chief privacy officer a href=""Erin Egan /acalled the practice "distressing" and threatened legal action against companies that violate its users' privacy./pp"If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends," she wrote on a blogpost Friday./ppEgan warned that employers who do ask for access could be setting themselves up for problems that they are not anticipating. "For example, if an employer sees on Facebook that someone is a member of a protected group (eg over a certain age, etc) that employer may open themselves up to claims of discrimination if they don't hire that person," she wrote. Employers also face liabilities if they do not handle the private information properly, Egan / br /"Facebook takes your privacy seriously. We'll take action to protect the privacy and security of our users, whether by engaging policymakers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action, including by shutting down applications that abuse their privileges," she wrote./ppThe statement comes after Senator Richard Blumenthal pledged to outlaw the practice. This week the Connecticut Democrat and former state attorney general told a href=""Politico/a that these type of requests amount to an "unreasonable invasion of privacy". /pp"I am very deeply troubled by the practices that seem to be spreading voraciously around the country," Blumenthal said./ppThe backlash follows a series of reports that employers are increasingly asking job applicants and current workers for access to their social media and email accounts in order to check up on their online behaviour./ppa href=""Maryland Department of Corrections,/a for example, was recently condemned by the American Civil Liberties Union for demanding that a prospective hire turn over his Facebook password during an interview./ppThe ACLU called the policy "a frightening and illegal invasion of privacy"./pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href=""Facebook/a/lilia href=""Privacy/a/lilia href=""United States/a/lilia href=""Employment/a/li/ul/divdiv class="author"a href=""Dominic Rushe/a/divbr/div class="terms"a href="" copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href=",,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href=""More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /
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