The most widely used social networking site, Facebook is warning its employers not to demand the passwords of job applications. Facebook said this would be an attack on privacy that opens firms to legal liabilities.

Further, Facebook also warned legal action against such violating acts in its long-standing policy against sharing passwords.

In the meantime, it is said in reports that under some cases of job application during the interview table, do ask for Facebook passwords so that they can check their backgrounds.

In a recent post, Facebook’s chief privacy of policy officer Erin Egan said, “As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job.”

Further, Egan said, “And as the friend of a user, you shouldn’t have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don’t know and didn’t intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job.”

The basic principle of online conduct is that one need not to share their passwords. In spite of the privacy issues, Facebook plans the practice a security hurdle.

Talking to media, Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said, “The Company doesn’t think employers should be asking applicants for their passwords because we don’t think it’s the right thing to do.”

He added, “While we do not have any immediate plans to take legal action against any specific employers, we look forward to engaging with policymakers and other stakeholders, to help better safeguard the privacy of our users.”

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