Just last week a number of new outlets broke a story about employers asking potential employees for their Facebook passwords. For a number of reasons this sounds like a terrible idea and a number of people questioned the legality of it but under current laws it is in fact legal. The good news is that today a number of senators and even Facebook itself announced that they will be persuing a new law that would prevent this sort of privacy invasion.
Many employers want access to user’s Facebook pages in order to see anything and everything that is going on, but rights activists say this is a very sever infringement upon our rights. The senators involved today made it clear that they agree and this is great news for everyone because it will most definitely make a huge impact on the online privacy given to users. Facebook is not known for their stance on security but it is very promising to see Facebook supporting this sort of endeavor. Blocking employer’s from being able to ask for Facebook passwords will not completely prevent them from seeing what is happening online, but it will definitely prevent them from encroaching on everyone’s rights and that is absolutely amazing news for everyone and anyone that has a Facebook account. No word on when such a law might be officially presented or formed but it definitely looks like the overwhelming support will make it very possible for a law to be put in place.