Facebook threatens legal action against password-demanding employers

By Shawn Knight · 24 replies
Mar 23, 2012
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  1. Facebook has updated their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities which now makes it a violation to share or solicit a profile’s password. Furthermore the social network vows to take legal…

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    Facebook. The site which sells your personal details wholesale, and has constantly made headlines for all the wrong reasons regarding its' ever-changing, questionable privacy policies and storing long since deleted user information, is on the warpath about violations of user privacy?

  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Very well stated. :approve:
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Protecting profit streams, Not users.
  5. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I think this is a good idea on FB part. It completly takes them out of the hiring equation.
  6. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 319

    God for them. I'm not a fan of Fakebook's methods when dealing with peoples' information, but at least they are standing up to these employers who think they are entitled to know every minute detail about their employees' personal lives.
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    We all know it's not really about user privacy. It's about user comfort and profit margins. If users feel their security is tenuous, they may stop (or at least reduce) using Facebook, and that cuts into the company's bottom line.

    But, if Facebook pounds its chest and bellows a public war cry on behalf of the little people's privacy (however misguided or disingenuous the statements may be), then the people shall kneel at their feet and thank them for the protection. And they shall continue mindlessly posting evidence of their drunken debauchery and questionable moral choices. And tending Farmville. And liking videos of drunk cats falling on babies. And it shall be good. Amen.
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +1,223

    What obvious legal ramifications? Facebook can put whatever they want in their little Statement of Rights, and it has no bearing on what's legal or not. She raises a good point about employers opening themselves up to legal ramifications, but it's a moot point.

    The things protected from discrimination are obvious things like gender, race, age etc. The only non-obvious one I can think of right now is religion. If someone is denied employment because they're a raging liberal for example, then too bad for them. Political affliation, Sat night party schedule, taste in music or movies, choice of friends etc are all perfectly legal reasons not to hire someone.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    >Public profiles

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    Thats why u have 2 facebook accounts one for work and one for personal...

    Da Ya think.....

  11. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    The legal ramifications are kinda easy to guess. You enter into a contract when you agree to use FB. That contract states clearly the terms of use. If a employer forced someone to give up their FB info, then FB could go after the employer for violating the contract between the individual and FB. It wouldnt be a criminal case but it would definatly be a civil case.
  12. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    Or just disable your account before applying for jobs.
  13. most people I know have at least 2 accounts on facebook, so they can have different groups. This started before facebook figured out the people like to have different groups (circles) of friends.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    The trouble with that is, employers now expect you to have a Facebook account. If you don't, they want to brand you, "anti-social"!

    It works too! I"m anti-social, I don't have a Facebook account.

    If fact, this was a fluff topic on the local news, just recently. Basically, it was a guide in how to delude a prospective employer into thinking you're worth hiring.

    Y'all brought this on yourselves anyway, for joining up in the first place.

    Now Zuckerberg can afford any girl he wants, while the rest of your have a conglomerate corporate nose parked up you collective a***s...:rolleyes:

    Oh quick, where do I go to join? I want to friend everybody.... ************, right.......
  15. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    What positions do these employers think they're looking for, president of the us? I bet even pres. obama doesn't have to give anyone in washington his password if he has one.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    It's probably "POTUS"
  17. absolute pure tossers! They need ripped to shreds the plebs
  18. Night Hacker

    Night Hacker TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +20

    I don't give a **** what reason Facebook is using to do this, it's good news, thanks Facebook. Don't like Facebook? Don't use it and STFU. It's a free service, they make their money by advertising, what do you expect? I get sick of the bullshit comments in here.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    Aw, are ya.....L:rolleyes:L.. Keep telling yourself that matters.... What does "STFU" mean, is that something I should report?

    By the why, do you mind if I ask why you are sick of the comments?. Because you don't agree with them? Free speech seems to be in dire peril while you're around, isn't it?

    Oh, the short answer would be, "who cares"?
  20. I love Facebook and Apple. So there!!!
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    Since you're so obviously lost, just hit the little "house" icon at the top of your browser. You'll be able to find your way back to the rest of your herd from there.....:haha:

    (Need I remind you to look out for wolves on the way..:suspiciou)?
  22. If you're going to troll at least make sure your facts are straight.

    If you actually UNDERSTOOD Facebook's business model then you'd understand that them selling user's information is actually BAD for their revenue. Facebook's exclusivity of the information is what makes the information valuable. If they sell it, more people have the information and it becomes less valuable.

    Understand so far? Okay now here's the rest. When they advertise to you, Business X will go to Facebook and say "We want to have our ad shown to people in X location that are X age, and are female". Then Facebook merely shows their ad to the appropriate people.

    So do you finally understand now why it's bad for Facebook's revenue to sell your information? I hope your brain was able to grasp that.
  23. It makes sense for them to take this position, because their targeted advertising and marketing business model can't work if users don't feel "safe" posting anything and everything to their profiles.
  24. This just reinforces my thoughts about how dangerous and totally unnecessary these type of sites are.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    Nah, Techspot is totally cool, and possibly even worth having around.! ;)

    Let that be a lesson to you to avoid the indiscriminate use of pronouns...:rolleyes:

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