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Applicants Asked To Disclose Passwords

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

March 7, 2012

Employers and colleges are increasingly asking applicants to disclose their social networking passwords, MSNBC reports. Job applicants have been reportedly asked to log in to their accounts during interviews so the interviewer can view their posts, friends, photos and other information. According to the report, student athletes are often asked to "friend" a coach or compliance officer, thereby granting access to "friends-only" material. Schools are also using monitoring software to automate social media vetting. A representative from the American Civil Liberties Union said that interviewers and schools "are also invading other people's privacy. They get access to that individual's posts and all their friends. There is a lot of private information there."
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