Friday, March 23, 2012

Facebook might sue that guy that didn't hire you

"I notice you were listening to Avril Lavigne on spotify yesterday"

I posted something a while ago about how a growing number of employers use Facebook to weed out applicants, or maybe I didn't. I can't find the post to link to, so maybe it's something I just meant to post. Either way corporate America just took turned that shit up to 11. Take it away ars technica:

Facebook has taken a stand against what it calls a "distressing increase" in reports of employers demanding the Facebook passwords of employees and job applicants.

One such report came from the Associated Press this week, which detailed cases of interviewers asking applicants for Facebook usernames and passwords, a clear invasion of privacy if we've ever heard of one. Employers examining applicants' and employees' activity on social media networks isn't new—but typically it is restricted to what information users have made publicly available to everyone. Facebook said it could seek policy changes or file lawsuits to prevent employers from demanding passwords.

via ars technia

Now I'm not a fancy law er but it seems like there is no way this is legal. Once upon a time I was in a position where I had to hire and fire people (pro tip: if you cry while I'm trying to fire you, I will totally cave) and there were all these rules about what you could ask and what you couldn't say when you were interviewing someone. What kind of giant Michael bay's Devastator's brass balls does someone have to have to ask for your Facebook password on an interview? Why stop there? Why not ask for your e-mail password, your ATM pin or your wife's favorite drink?

I'm implying they want the password to your wife's pants...

never mind.




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