Knowing Facebook is a massive data mining operation is bad enough, but now comes new information from a Commentary, from Karen Barnes, at www.voices.yahoo.com, where it seems now that many US corporations have been demanding any job applicants to give them their Facebook user names and passwords! First, I want to present that article right here for everyone to see for themselves, and I do have some comments and my own opinion on this matter to follow:
Job Interviewers Want Facebook Username and Passwords
COMMENTARY | It's not bad enough so many people are out of work due to cutbacks. It gets worse for people being interviewed to share their Facebook username and passwords. This is apparently become mainstream during an interview.
Right there ought to tell you something about the company you are interviewing for. If they are willing to break a website's TOS for their own gains, they are willing to go even further in breaking laws.
NTS Notes: OK, WHERE is the massive public outcry in all of this? Isn't this action by any company still a clear violation of an individual's personal freedoms? And if so, then any company asking for that information is leaving itself wide open to major lawsuits.
If anyone goes and applies for a job in the United States and the company that wants to hire them demands their Facebook ID and Password, the applicant MUST immediately say NO. If that company then uses that as an excuse to prevent that individual being hired, the individual has every right to seek immediate legal action against that company. NO company has the right to infringe on anyones' personal information at any time.
THIS is another clear example as to why it is important to NOT have a Facebook account at all. Not having such a dangerous "social network" information file would automatically insulate that person from these type of incredibly stupid demands from companies.
Again, if you do have a Facebook account, I highly recommend you close it immediately. It is becoming more and more obvious with this type of absolutely horrendous action by companies that such a "social network" is too dangerous to have, period.
More to come