March 22, 2012

Partner Terri L. Mascherin commented about Internet privacy in a Fox Chicago News broadcast segment titled “Some Hiring Managers Require Facebook Passwords, Users Enraged at Invasion of Privacy.”  The story discusses an emerging trend where employers are asking job applicants to give their Facebook usernames and passwords as part of the process to vet candidates.  Should job applicants comply with these requests?  According to Ms. Mascherin, the law is not clear in this area because social media is still fairly new.  “I don't know of a court yet that's had to decide whether it's legal or not legal for an employer to refuse to hire somebody because they won’t do those things,” Ms. Mascherin said. “Often the law tells us that if it feels wrong, it is an invasion of privacy.” 

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