According to this article in Newstrack India there is a growing trend in the USA for employers to ask new potential new recruits in job interviews for their Facebook log-in details. It may well not be illegal to make the request (although it may breach Facebook’s rules) but why on earth would an employer want to access an employee’s private Facebook account? The information revealed could well prove to be a poisoned chalice.
How should I presume to know? Well, some help was provided by the HR Professionals Survey, published by RTS Media in conjunction with Daniel Barnett last week. They polled 1460 HR subscribers to Daniel’s excellent employment update service and asked them various questions about employment law, to gauge their reaction. Daniel then commented on the findings.
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