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Facebook responds to employers asking for passwords

By ANDREW DONOVAN

(WKTV) - Facebook is responding to the recent reports that employers are asking for passwords of people interviewing for a job with their company.

Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that documented cases of job applicants are being asked, at the interview table, to reveal their Facebook passwords so their prospective employers can check their backgrounds.

Erin Egan, the Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook, responded saying, "This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends. It also potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability."

They go on more specifically, "The most alarming of these practices is the reported incidences of employers asking prospective or actual employees to reveal their passwords. If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends."

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