ACLU Criticizes Facebook Details Being Demanded by Businessesby Zak On March 21st, 2012
Recently, reports from potential employees had suggested that several employers were asking their applicants wanted their Facebook usernames and passwords. Indeed, this unethical act by companies has received widespread scrutiny and now the American Civil Liberties Union has hit out at employers who are requesting Facebook account details for applicants.
ACLU has responded to the recent reports regarding employers asking their applicants for their usernames and passwords on the social network. ACLU attorney Catherine Crump has stated that the act is an outright invasion of user’s privacy by stating:
It’s an invasion of privacy for private employers to insist on looking at people’s private Facebook pages as a condition of employment or consideration in an application process. People are entitled to their private lives. You’d be appalled if your employer insisted on opening up your postal mail to see if there was anything of interest inside. It’s equally out of bounds for an employer to go on a fishing expedition through a person’s private social media account.
As the war from Hollywood against copyrighted and infringing material on the Internet reaches new heights, it certainly seems employers are trying to capitalize on the situation by snooping around applicants and potential employee’s user account details, regardless of the website.