Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe
Or we might delete you. That will help
Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer has condemned employers who ask for the Facebook log-ins of employees or job applicants. It comes after a young man blogged that a potential employer had asked for his Facebook password during a job interview.
In a note on the Privacy page added this morning, FB Privacy honcho Erin Egan also threatened that the social network could take legal action against bosses who pry on Facebook, and would shut down the Facebook applications of guilty people or organisations.
Egan equated snooping bosses to hackers:
"In recent months, we’ve seen a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles or private information," she wrote.
The Facebook privacy honcho lays out just how asking for an employee's Facebook password is wrong.
"It is an infringement of Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to 'share or solicit a password' she writes, and then lists out a number of legal attack tools that affected users can turn on prying employers.
Accessing private information through someone else's Facebook password could put the employer or interviewer in breach of privacy and discrimination laws.
Facebook is woolly on how exactly they will police their dictates on password security, but they do wave the vague threat of legal action.
And anyone in breach of the Facebook regulations can have their account deleted.
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.
So that's all right then. ®
Re: Do what I'd do...
I did just that recently in a Job Interview.
Q: What are your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn ID's.
A: I'm awfully sorry. I don't have an account on any of those services.
Then I spent the rest of the interview defending my so called 'Luddite' attitude.
My simple explanation was that, yes I was on LinkedIn once. I linked up with some old friends. From their lax security, someone else was able to find out a lot about me and my history. They then attempted to steal an my Identity. This attack included forging a passport and other documents in my name. Then they 'sold' my car on the internet.
It took me more than a year to fix my identity.
After 30 minutes of being called a luddite, I walked out with the parting words,
'The world would be a better place if more people were concerned about their privacy. If exposing myself on the internet is a condition of employment then I'm not interested'.
Wow, not often Facebook do somthing I agree with.
Does this mean if your employer, or potential employer, asks for your password you can say "No way, Dumb Fuck!"?
Do what I'd do...
Tell them you don't have a Farceberk profile.
(Except I wouldn't be lying)