Lawyer: Asking for Facebook Password in Hiring Process Might Violate the Federal Stored Communications Act [Video]

The web is abuzz with news (and fairly unanimous outrage) that some employers are asking job candidates for their Facebook passwords, as a way to do proper due diligence on the folks they’re hiring.

Make what you will of the practice, personally, there are certainly legal implications to it.

Here’s a quick video analysis on the story from law firm McNees Wallace & Nurick:

In short:

“Among a host of other legal concerns, an applicant may claim that he or she was coerced into providing the log-in information in violation of the federal Stored Communications Act or a state law equivalent.”

[Video link: Go ahead and ask for the Facebook password, IF…]

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