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Facebook Warns: Don't Share Passwords With Employers

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facebook-email-passwordFollowing public outcry over reports that companies have been asking employees to hand over Facebook login credentials in order to scan their profiles, the social network has advised against handing password information to current or prospective employers.

While social networks have long been a resource used by companies to screen employees and new hires, the demand that users turn over their passwords has drawn attention from government officials and has been condemned by Facebook as "distressing."

"This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends," wrote Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan. "It also potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability."

Facebook noted that asking for a user password is a direct violation of Facebook's terms of use and that companies who access user profiles could find themselves facing discrimination charges should they encounter personal information about a user such as a protected age group.

According to Bloomberg, Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut want Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether employees asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews violates federal law.

This article was originally published on V3.

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