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One of the things we’ll try (and probably fail) to explain fully to future generations is how ubiquitous and powerful Facebook was at this point in time and yet how so many people just didn’t fully understand how it worked. Case in point: the Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland will become the first state to pass a law banning employers from asking prospective and current employees for their login credentials for the likes of Facebook and Twitter. Pending Governor Martin O’Malley’s signature, Facebook will be, as it were, on the books. This is a law that shouldn’t have to be passed. The idea that it’s even remotely acceptable to demand someone’s username... Read more...
A disturbing stream of reports have been circulating concerning employers demanding the Facebook passwords of potential employees before hiring them. Aside from the fact that such a demand is a gross breach of privacy and frankly opens those employers up to legal liability for all sorts of reasons, it’s just a crappy thing to do. The job market is tough, and plenty of desperate job seekers would do, say, or sign just about anything to land a job, and apparently some employers know that and are taking advantage of their leverage. 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... Read more...