Facebook password none of an employer's business

February 26, 2011

When a person applies for a promotion or a new job, the interviewer is not allowed to ask about their political affiliation or religion. They can't tell the applicant they want to read their mail. So why is there any doubt that employers shouldn't be allowed to force an applicant to give them access to his or her Facebook page, blog or email?

Any of these social media sites could easily contain information that, in any other setting, would be protected by privacy laws. We need to move away from the mindset that electronic communications are somehow different from more traditional forms of communication.

Many people do not write letters anymore; they communicate by email or on their Facebook page. Electronic forms of communications should be just as confidential as any other communication currently covered by privacy laws.

Albert Fowler, Timonium

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