TrueRep: Around the Web Posted Mon, April 2nd by TrueRep in Uncategorized
There has been an increase in articles surrounding internet privacy as employers continue to ask job candidates for their Facebook information in order to obtain more information than on what is on their public pages. David McCann goes knee deep to find out exactly how much of a problem this really is.
The recent trend of employers demanding access to job applicants’ social networks (predominantly Facebook) has sparked the interest of two government senators, who are calling on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice for a federal investigation on this privacy concern. “Before this disturbing practice becomes widespread, we must have an immediate investigation into whether the practice violates federal law,” said Schumer. “I’m confident the investigation will show it does.”
There have been numerous reports of employers asking their potential hires for their social network login information such as Facebook credentials in order to check their online interactions to use as a factor for hiring them. While Facebook wants to protect its users from employers asking for access to their personal social network accounts, they currently have no plans to sue any employers for any such actions.
It seems that users’ online privacy is an issue that continues to be in the spotlight as more and more regulators and advocates require companies to adhere to data protection guidelines. While the government has promised to release a bill that will protect consumers online, so far such a bill has not been created. Meanwhile the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has made the first step and released the first online privacy framework.