Demanding the passwords of their digital accounts from the job applicants by employers has become a common practice recently, which is considered highly unethical. Employers view the activities and posts of a job applicant on his FB account in order to decide about the personality of that particular individual before passing on a final verdict to hire him or not.
Facebook Inc’s Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, has exploded on such employers, relating to social networking site itself, engaged in such action of soliciting passwords from job applicants. She has warned those involved in this hideous practice to take “initiate legal action” against them.
In a post on Facebook she wrote “As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job. And as the friend of a user, you shouldn’t have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don’t know and didn’t intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job. That’s why we’ve made it a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to share or solicit a Facebook password.”
Leland Yee who is a California State Senator has presented a legislation to discourage the companies demanding the Facebook password from the applicants. Washington, Illinois, and Maryland are also deciding to follow the same path.