A heated debate has emerged over social media users’ right to privacy stemming from recent reports of corporations and government agencies asking potential applicants to surrender their Facebook login credentials during job interviews.
This issue is about to reach a tipping point where we could witness serious litigation brought forth by job candidates against the interviewing organizations. Furthermore, demanding Facebook logins may lead to new legislation placing restrictions on employers’ ability to invade the privacy of job candidates and workers. This week, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to launch a full investigation into this practice.
Demanding these credentials represents the ultimate transfer of personal privacy, especially before the candidate is an official representative of the organization. Moreover, these actions can have severe legal backlash and can ruin the reputation of the firm that asks for this information.