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Advocates: Requiring Social Media Passwords Is Violation

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY

March 23, 2012

Providing the example of an interviewer at a law enforcement office requiring a job applicant's Facebook password to screen the applicant's photos on the site, a PostMedia News report explores the question of whether this practice violates personal privacy. There is no specific provision on collecting social media information within Canada's employment privacy laws, the report states, and according to one business lawyer, it is legal. However, one privacy lawyer notes that collected information must be "reasonable," adding, "If a person interviewing you asked for your diary or photo album, would that be reasonable?" Meanwhile, legislators in two U.S. states recently proposed laws that would make this practice illegal.
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