Facebook Frowns Upon Giving Login Credentials to Employers
We know--it’s easy to become indignant upon reading this and boldly claiming that you’d rather starve to death than give up your Facebook password as a matter of principle, but the reality is that if you’ve been unemployed for any meaningful length of time and the only thing standing between a penniless you and $40k a year, health insurance, and a 401k is eight little characters, it’s not such as easy choice.
However, Facebook users are getting some backup from a source that isn’t exactly known for giving a rip about your privacy: Facebook.
"You see, giving you my password is a violation of terms according to this document," you could say to your potential employer.
Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer (Policy) Erin Egan posted a message about this topic and stated that “If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends.”
Egan also noted that sharing or soliciting a users’ password is actually a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and laid out the case that employers are asking for trouble by doing so--not necessarily because Facebook will come after them, but because it’s the legal equivalent of opening a very large, stinky can of worms.
If you’re currently on the job market, you might want to bookmark that link to the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.