RT @HuffingtonPost: Should job seekers be forced to surrender social media passwords to employers?

Via Scoop.itMediaMentor

Illinois Bill Would Outlaw Employers From Asking For Applicants’ Social Media Passwords [excerpt] An Illinois legislator has introduced a proposal that would bar employers from asking prospective employees for their usernames or passwords in order to gain access to their profiles on sites like Facebook or Twitter. […] The bill would amend the state’s Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for employers to gain access to a prospective employee’s account on any social networking site during the hiring process. The measure would not, however, prevent employers from considering information found on an applicants’ public profile — such content remains fair game and as many as 50 percent of employers say they rely on social networking sites to help them screen potential employees. Ford explained, as reported by WJBC, that when prospective employers access an applicant’s social networking account, they may gain access to sensitive financial information and other personal details that should remain private. “If legislators had to give their Twitter and Facebook account passwords how would they like that? They wouldn’t like it. They wouldn’t want to give their password to anyone because it’s their personal password,” Ford said. […]
Via www.huffingtonpost.com

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