Is It Legal? Employers Ask Job Applicants for Social Media Login Information | Fox News InsiderJob seekers are reporting that they’re being asked to give potential employers their Facebook login and password information. Anna Kooiman reported that critics are comparing this startling trend to someone asking for the keys to your house or reading your personal diary.
We covered the story here about the guy who was arrested for comments he made on facebook, which I think most people accepted was, in principle, acceptable. Though in the highlighted case I didn't think the comment warranted the action it got.
There is also a story in the US at the moment if a similar ilk, where a Marine Sargent is facing discharge for criticising President Obama in facebook.
This story, however, is of an entirely different nature. While the economies of our respective countries are limping at the moment and unemployment is reaching far beyond crisis point with the inevitable desperation for a job amongst the unemployed I think this practice is absolutely deplorable. It's not a matter of "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" it's a matter of invasion of privacy.
Thankfully, from the comments in the article, it seems to be receiving the condemnation it deserves.