This topic has become a hot-button issue in recent weeks as reports have surfaced that in interviews, employers are requesting that they receive the applicants Facebook login information. Facebook chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, has issued a statement saying that the company has seen a “distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles or private information.”
Egan goes on to say that the company will take action in order to “protect the privacy and security of [its users], whether by engaging policymakers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action.”
Some policymakers have already taken notice. U.S Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have asked that there be an investigation by the Attorney General’s office to find out whether or not these employers are breaking federal privacy law.
In a recent poll of 3500 readers conducted by Naked Security, 91% felt that employers should not be allowed to ask for Facebook information. This poll shows that many people feel that their privacy is being violated if they are asked to give an employer access to their Facebook accounts.