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The law took effect at 12:01 a.m. today

If you were worried about an employer seeing those pictures from the big New Year's party on your Facebook last night, don't fret -- a new law that's taking place this year will prevent employers from requesting Facebook passwords.

The law took effect at 12:01 a.m. today in both California and Illinois. It states that employers can't request social networking passwords or non-public account information from current or potential employees.

Michigan is another state that passed a similar law last month.

However, something that citizens in these states need to keep in mind is that employers can still see any public posts, tweets or photos on the social networks. So unless you set your information to private, it's fair game.

Back in 2011, employees and applicants to the Maryland Department of Corrections were asked to surrender their emails and passwords in order for employers to access their Facebook pages. This resulted in a complaint from corrections officer Robert Collins, who went to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
 
The ACLU argued that this was an invasion of privacy. The Department of Corrections has since stopped this practice, but found a loophole -- they just ask the applicant to log onto their Facebook accounts right in front of them, giving employers the freedom to browse photos, comments and Walls right in front of the applicant.

The Maryland Department of Corrections isn't the only establishment searching social networks for clues as to who they're accepting. The University of North Carolina recently revised its handbook to make it so student-athletes must add a coach or administrator to their friends list on their social networks.

In March 2012, some government job seekers and student-athletes complained that the government agency or college in which they were applying to had asked for access to their Facebook pages among other social networking sites.

Source: Reuters



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RE: Why have a facebook account?
By TSS on 1/2/2013 3:51:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yknow my parents would say the same thing about an MSN account, even when it was popular back in the day?

Facebook is just today's MSN and many people use it that way. Understandle, it has more features and MSN is a piece of crap these days.

My problem is with the giant hype surrounding it and the fact that people buy into the hype rather then facebook. Meaning to say if something else was hyped as much as facebook, those people would follow that thing and start flame wars against the people who still use facebook (myspace, anybody?). Facebook has it's uses but it's certainly not the end all be all of social things. Well, that and of course the company running facebook i've got a problem with. Just too many privacy violations and terms of service changes for my taste.


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