As you may be aware and may have practiced, it isn’t uncommon for potential employers to scan through the Internet looking for information on potential hires. However, many job seekers are getting better at applying privacy setting to their social media accounts.
This past week, it was reported in the Associated Press that a number of employers are now asking applicants to hand over login credentials to their email accounts, social networking websites and other online services.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) immediately condemned the practice calling it “an invasion of privacy” and insisting that “people are entitled to their private lives.” Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut agreed with the ACLU concerns and is now drafting a bill to make such actions illegal. Like other banned employment practices such as administering polygraph tests to screen applicants, Blumenthal believes that requiring access to a person’s private internet accounts should be illegal. 03.24.2012