That bit we talked about earlier where employers were asking job applicants for their passwords to their personal e-mail and social media accounts? It looks like it has gotten the attention of a few Senators, and they are not happy. Some state legislatures (California, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey for starters) are also working on laws to prevent this sort of thing. So now it appears that a great national debate is in the making, and I welcome it. Personally, I find nothing wrong with Googling potential employees, but asking for passwords seems to cross a line, legally and ethically. In my mind, it is similar to the difference between doing a credit check of a potential employee and asking for that applicant’s ATM card and pin. One seeks information that is clearly in the public domain, and the other clearly is asking for something that is not.
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