YOUR DATA AT WORK

Employer’s warned about demanding Facebook’s details.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) warned employers this week that it would have “very serious concerns” if employers demanded Facebook login and password details from existing or would-be employees. Its concerns were made following news from the USA.  A spokesman for the ICO said: “The UK Data Protection Act clearly says that organisations shouldn’t hold excessive information about individuals, and it’s questionable why they would need that information in the first place…..We would have very serious concerns if this practice was to become the norm in the UK”.  Facebook said: “We don’t think employers should be asking prospective employees to provide their passwords because we don’t think it’s the right thing to do. While we do not have any immediate plans to take legal action against any specific employers, we look forward to engaging with policy matter safeguard the privacy of our users and other stakeholders, to help be.

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