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Facebook Discourages Employers to Ask for Job Applicants’ Passwords

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan issued a statement on the social networking's privacy policy on Friday, discouraging employers from asking job applicants to reveal their passwords.

"If you are a Facebook user," the statement said, "you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends...As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job."

The statement comes on the heels of a recent published report claiming that employers have begun asking for the login information of prospective employees. Lawmakers and civil rights groups have since spoken out against the practice.

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