Employers are now asking potential applicants and employees for very personal information: their Facebook login and password.
Not only does this invade the privacy of the employee at hand, but also their friends and family who think that only friends have access to their profile. The Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, Illinois State Senator La Shawn Ford, and Maryland State Senator Ronald N. Young have all been actively speaking out against the new policy many employers seem to be using.
There hasn’t been much evidence or statistics to support the fact that this breach of privacy has been happening, only stories and rumors. All we have is the anger the people using social networking sites feel about the fact that employers think they have the right to information that is as sensitive as their personal emails and phone calls.
Facebook condemns the employers asking for the information. They won’t take their own legal action, but they are willing to work with politicians who are seeking to put in place certain rules to prevent this from happening.
Time to see what decisions will be made about the hot new political issue.