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Complaint Review: FACEBOOK warns Privacy Invasion. WARNING.. EMPLOYERS SNOOPING YOUR FACEBOOK?

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  • Submitted: Thu, March 29, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, April 07, 2014

  • Reported By: ED Magedson - Founder, Ripoff Report — Tempe Arizona USA
FACEBOOK warns Privacy Invasion. WARNING.. EMPLOYERS SNOOPING YOUR FACEBOOK?
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FACEBOOK warns Privacy Invasion. WARNING.. EMPLOYERS SNOOPING YOUR FACEBOOK? Change your Facebook and Twitter privacy settings to only allow friends access to them. Have you been violated by your employer or potential employer by demanding your Facebook or other social media password? If you think you are a victim, file a Ripoff Report, contact Ripoff Report now. Nationwide, Internet

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*General Comment: No more unfair than credit checks for applicants !

*General Comment: No more unfair than credit checks for applicants !

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Have you been asked for your Facebook password by an employer (or potential employer)?  

The fact that some employers or prospective employers HAVE wrestled Facebook passwords from employees or job applicants -- or force applicants to allow prying eyes to watch as they scroll through their accounts --  This is a hot topic across all media outlets nationwide right now. Even Facebook posted a press release strongly condemning the practice. Facebook warned employers not to demand the passwords of job applicants, saying it is an invasion of their privacy and violates Facebook's Terms of Service. The ACLU has also come out against the practice, saying it is out of bounds. Even Congress has jumped on the bandwagon, drafting new legislation that would forbid the practice.

But some legislators arent waiting for new legislation. [continued below]....
..... This weekend Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut HAVE CALLED on the Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to launch investigations into whether the practice violates existing federal lawS.

Now LOCAL law firms are joining the ACLU and Facebook in the fight against these abuses. Attorneys across the country are looking for help from people like you in identifying which companies and organizations are engaged in this despicable practice. 

The message theyre sending these employers is clear. In order to get a job, you shouldnt be forced to share the personal information on your Facebook page with an HR rep or anyone else. Put simply: what you and your friends choose to share with one another is none of their business. 

HOW can you help stop this abuse of corporate power? Ripoff Report wants to hear from you if you were asked to share your Facebook or other social media page with an employer or potential employer. With your permission, Ripoff Report will share this information with attorneys who are currently investigating these practices.  It doesnt matter if the company interviewing demanded your password or requested you to friend them. Their motive was the same: illegally learn as much private information as they can about you.  If youve been a victim of this egregious breach of privacy, send an email to editor@ripoffreport.com. Whether you want to join a class action lawsuit or simply report a company engaging in this practice, you can be sure that your voice will be heard. It would be best if you filed your own detailed Ripoff Report explaining your situation, then send us a link to the  Report you filed.

OLD ISSUE, NEW ATTENTION

The issue of employers asking for access to social media sites isnt new. In 2010, Robert Collins took a leave of absence from his job as a security guard at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services after his mothers death. During a reinstatement interview, Collins claims he was asked for his Facebook log-in and password so the agency could purportedly check for any gang affiliations. He was stunned by the request but complied because he needed the job to feed his family. The ACLU stepped in and made a video of Collins talking about the experience that was posted on YouTube. 

My personal communications, my personal posts, my personal pictures, looking at my personally identifiable information, where my religious beliefs, my political beliefs, my sexuality  all of these things are possibly disclosed on this page," Collins tells the camera. "It's absolute total invasion and overreach." The ACLU of Maryland posted the video after a letter sent to the Public Safety Secretary went unanswered. The DPSCS finally changed its practices only after the video went viral. 

The ACLU is also currently helping a 12-year-old sue her school district after she was forced to hand over her Facebook credentials. Heres what the ACLU has to say about employers seeking passwords:
Its an invasion of privacy for private employers to insist on looking at peoples private Facebook pages as a condition of employment or consideration in an application process, ACLU attorney Catherine Crump said in a statement. People are entitled to their private lives. Youd be appalled if your employer insisted on opening up your postal mail to see if there was anything of interest inside.

Of course, Congress should pass legislation prohibiting any employer or school from accessing your private social networking information. It should state unequivocally that any personal information requiring a password means "stay out" -- whether you're an employer, a school or the government. End-runs around password protection, like asking an employee to login so someone can take a look, are also unacceptable.

It has become common for managers to review publicly available Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other sites to learn more about job candidates. One action you can take right now is adjusting your Facebook and Twitter privacy settings to only allow friends access to them. However, this doesnt prevent you from being a victim of an employer who asks you to voluntarily surrender your login information, or friend them. This puts the personal information of both you and your friends at risk.  

To justify their actions, many employers cite non-disparagement agreements that ban employees from speaking negatively about an employer on social networking sites. This agreement, they claim, gives them the right to ask for your most personal information on the pretext that it will be used only to check for non-disparagement agreement violations. You should be suspicious of these claims.  Such requests are akin to employers asking for access to your personal diary or to wear a wire when hanging out with your friends.  

FACEBOOK WARNS EMPLOYERS TO CUT IT OUT

In a note on their Facebook and privacy page, Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan wrote: We don't think employers should be asking prospective employees to provide their private information and communications just to get a job. And as the friend of a user, you shouldn't have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don't know and didn't intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job. That's why we've made it a violation of Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to share or solicit a Facebook password.

Despite the publics outcry at the practice, it appears that employers across the country arent listening.  In fact, it seems the practice of forcing you to give up your most personal information is on the upswing.  

IF THIS HAS HAPPENED TO YOU, you dont have to remain silent. Send Ripoff Report an email today TO editor@ripoffreport.com  and tell us about your experiences with employers who try to gain access to the personal detail of your life.   If you wish, an attorney can review your information to see if you may have a claim. 

Doing nothing is what these privacy-invading employers want you to do.  Help us fight back by telling us your story! 


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#1 Consumer Comment

This is an urgent message for all Facebook Employees and Facebook Users:

AUTHOR: Karl - ()

Feel free to 'Google' this- I WONDER WHEN THE DOW JONES WILL HAVE A DAY WHEN IT DROPS BY 550 BUSINESSWEEK, and click on the BusinessWeek link and read the comment that was posted on Mar 18, 2008 at 3:59 PM.

Six months later, in September of 2008, the Dow Jones suffered its biggest single day loss in history. The Dow lost 777 points on September 29, 2008.

WELCOME TO WALL STREET- ONE BIG LIE THAT IS BEING EXPOSED ON THE INTERNET EVERY DAY
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#2 Consumer Comment

This is an urgent message for all Facebook Employees and Facebook Users:

AUTHOR: Karl - ()

Feel free to type in 284134 at this website and click on Ripoff Report #284134 and read what is posted in Consumer Comment #1 for important information.

That consumer comment was posted ten months BEFORE the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the stock market crash, and the meltdown of the banking system in September of 2008.

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#3 Consumer Comment

This is a message for all Facebook Employees and Facebook Users:

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

You can also stay at this website and type in- SONG FOR THE PROTESTERS, and that will take you to Ripoff Report #411913 where you can scroll down to Consumer Comment #95 and read "FACEBOOK POEM".

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#4 Consumer Comment

This is a message for all Facebook Employees and Facebook Users:

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

You can also stay at this site and type in- CONSUMER COMPLAINT ON THIS WEBSITE, and that will take you to Ripoff Report #843303 where you can scroll down to Consumer Comment #15 and read "FACEBANK POEM".

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#5 Consumer Comment

This is a message for all Facebook Employees:

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

Feel free to stay at this website and type in- GULF STATES TOYOTA LEMON, and click on Ripoff Report #283703 and scroll down to Consumer Comment #1 in order to see that the stock market crash was predicted in a song in 2007.

Here is the last line in the song-

QUOTE: "The Stock Market is about to CRASH!" - November 8, 2007.

Fact: Ten months later, in September of 2008, the stock market crashed. On September 29, 2008, the Dow Jones lost a record 777 points and the financial system in the USA collapsed.

You can 'Google' this- FRONTLINE: INSIDE THE MELTDOWN, and watch that documentary on the web for proof. Have a great day!
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#6 Consumer Comment

This is a message for all Facebook Employees:

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

Feel free to stay at this website and type in- RIPOFF RAT, and click on Ripoff Report #974352 and read it. You can also type in 974352 at this site and that will take you there.

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#7 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

Make sure to come to this website every day and read the Ripoff Reports from people all over America and all over the world. Have a wonderful weekend!
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#8 Consumer Comment

This is a message to all Facebook Employees:

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

If you would like to know the main reason why the stock market has been going up, simply 'Google' this- THE ASCENT OF MONEY PBS, and watch the episode entitled 'Bonds of War' on the web.

Pay close attention to what Professor Niall Ferguson had to say about John Law. It appears that John Law was in charge of the stock market and the money system. He was able to print more money and buy stock with that money in order to keep stock values high. 

Conclusion: If one person or a group of people are in control of the stock market and the money system, they could manipulate investors into believing that stock values will continue to rise by printing more money and buying stock in the companies that they control with the money. 

Don't forget to stay at this site and type in- STOP RUNNING RIPOFF, and go to Consumer Comment #3 at Ripoff Report #269041, entitled "Blame it on a Lawyer" and read the following quote in paragraph six-

QUOTE: "The prices (values) that you see posted for a share of stock for a publicly held company are all a lie. It's an illusion." - August 21, 2007.

Fact: Thirteen months later, in September of 2008, the stock market crashed and the banking system in the USA and all over the world melted down. On September 29, 2008, the Dow Jones lost a record 777 points. Several large Wall Street firms collapsed, like Lehman Brothers, General Motors, AIG, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, & others. The American people were forced to bail-out the failed system with hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer's money from the TARP.

Anyone can 'Google' this- FRONTLINE: INSIDE THE MELTDOWN, and watch that documentary on the web for proof.

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#9 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

If you would like to know when the stock market is going to crash again, simply 'Google' this- ALL READER COMMENTS BUSINESSWEEK LEROY YOAKAM, and click on the BusinessWeek link and read the comment that was posted on Feb 21, 2008 at 3:03 AM for the answer. (The comment is currently listed on 'Page 42'.)

Fact: Seven months later, in September of 2008, the stock market crashed and the financial system in the USA collapsed. On September 29, 2008, the Dow Jones lost a record 777 points in one full day of trading and the American people were forced to bail-out the failed banking system and several Wall Street firms with hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer's money from the TARP.
You can 'Google' this- FRONTLINE: INSIDE THE MELTDOWN, and watch that documentary on the web for proof.

P.S. Everyone at Facebook might also want to 'Google' this- FRONTLINE: REVOLUTION IN CAIRO, and watch that documentary on the web. I believe that Facebook was used by the some of the Egyptian people in order to overthrow the Egyptian government. 

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#10 Consumer Comment

"Facebook employees finally got the.....

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

greenlight to cash in some of their stock on Monday".......

The above quote is from an October 29, 2012 article that is available on the web.

Anyone can 'Google' this- SANDY FOILS FACEBOOK STAFFERS' LONG-AWAITED STOCK SALES, and read the Reuters article for more information.

***ATTENTION ALL FACEBOOK EMPLOYEES: Feel free to stay at this site and type in 269041 and go to 'Consumer Comment #3' at Ripoff Report #269041, entitled "Blame it on a Lawyer" and read what is stated in that comment for important information about stocks. (You can also stay at this site and type in- MOB SONG 24, and that will take you to Ripoff Report #269041.)

Here is part of what is stated in Consumer Comment #3, which was posted thirteen months before the stock market crash and the collapse of the banking system in the USA-

QUOTE: "The prices (values) that you see posted for a share of stock for a publicly held company are all a lie. It's an illusion." - August 21, 2007.

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#11 Consumer Comment

FACEBOOK'S STOCK....

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

closed at $21.94 a share on Friday, October 26, 2012.

The market was closed on Monday, October 29, because of Hurricane Sandy. Today was also the day that Facebook employees were supposed to be able to sell their stock. It appears that the market will also be closed on Tuesday. We can only hope that Facebook's stock isn't significantly lower on Wednesday when many of the Facebook employees will most likely be selling.

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WELCOME TO WALL STREET- HURRICANE SANDY JUST MIGHT BLOW ALL OF THE STOCK VALUES SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER ON WEDNESDAY MORNING
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#12 Consumer Comment

FACEBOOK'S STOCK IS......

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

$19.29 a share at 1:50 PM ET on August 28, 2012.

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#13 Consumer Comment

FACEBOOK'S STOCK VALUE HAS PLUNGED....

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

by over 48% since its initial offering when it sold for $38 a share.

At 10:36 AM ET on August 16, 2012, Facebook's stock is trading at $19.78 a share.

Anyone can type in 269041 at this site and go to 'Consumer Comment #3' at Ripoff Report #269041, entitled "Blame it on a Lawyer" and read that consumer comment in order to learn more about stocks and the stock market.

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#14 Consumer Comment

singsnap.com on facebook

AUTHOR: LadyMatika - (USA)

hey there is a karaoke site on facebook they have a group on there 
they do the same thing man  ,they invade members privacy when they write something about 
singsnap on facebook even though it has nothing to do with the company of singsnap karaoke 
they get suspended and the pitiful excuse is they broke the code of conduct unbecoming a singsnap member every time they suspend a member that's what the excuse they give is 
and they also tell members singsnap does not support youtube so no singsnap member is allowed to post videos of singsnap on youtube or it's automatically suspension .
yeah right check out youtube and search singsnap you'll find hundreds upon thousands of youtube videos that say singsnap on them , and also they go on facebook and harass the suspended members of singsnap karaoke who go onto another karaoke site and sing and poste it on facebook like singsnap has the only rights to facebook to post videos .
and the members of a site called manthissitesucks when they post bad sh* on any site like this one it's like the staff of singsnap and some of their members have esp or something they are always right there and post something else in rebuttal although theirs is they try to insult or fight with the suspended members who post bad sh* about singsnap .
if ya don't believe me go on here and into the search write either singsnap or manthissitesucks 
you'll see the same people they are on here and pissed consumer 
all over the internet that has sites like this one on it .
where ever a suspended member posts bad sh* about the karaoke site singsnap wham bam thank you ma'am there is a singsnap staff member or member trying to rebuttal it 
and I don't know why facebook lets them get away with it on Facebook they tried to go on one of their members family members page on facebook and try to get the family member to have the family commit a suspended member because she was going on twitter and facebook and other sites and posting about another and even better karaoke site than singsnap.com and the family member told them off though lol saying he'd get the owner after them to throw them off of facebook and everything that has to do with singsnap.com so they didn't write to another family member of a suspended member again 
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#15 Consumer Comment

FACEBOOK POEM....

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

is available at this website.

Just type in 411913 at this site and it appears as 'Consumer Comment #95' at Ripoff Report #411913.

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#16 Consumer Comment

FACEBANK POEM...

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

is available at this website.

Just type in 843303 at this site and it appears in the consumer comments section at Ripoff Report #843303.

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#17 Consumer Comment

Maybe a better response to that request would be

AUTHOR: Steven - (U.S.A.)

Maybe a better response to the request of a FB or other social network site would be "I am prohibited from providing you that information by my agreement with FB" also maybe go on to say "Am I to understand that sharing User ID and passwords is allowed under this companies IT policies?"

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#18 Consumer Comment

Couldn't agree with Christopher More....

AUTHOR: JR Marlin - (U.S.A.)

I totally agree with Christopher.... Credit checks are just as intrusive and abusive as the Facebook thing because in a lot of cases people who are out of work due to lay offs and the such do not even get 1/2 what they got working while on unemployment. No one would ever buy a house or a car if we were all running around thinking... "What if I get laid off or the company closes..." It's not like people don't want to pay their bills for the most part. When times such as these occur and the powers that be dink around with the economy  things happen like foreclosures, repossessions and the such because people can't find employment fast - because businesses are afraid to hire, too. For fear that they will have to put them out on the street if sales/revenues don't stay put or go up.

It's a catch-22 and the only people not doing beans about it are the 100s in jobs we gave them in a little place known as DC.

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#19 Consumer Comment

FACEBOOK POEM....

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

is available at this website.

Just type in 411913 at this site and it appears as 'Consumer Comment #95' at Ripoff Report #411913.

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#20 General Comment

No more unfair than credit checks for applicants !

AUTHOR: Chris - (U.S.A.)

So. you've been out of a job for a year - entirely possible these days, even for 'good' people - and your credit took a few hits and you lost your house.

Potential employer demands you sign a release for a credit report and, WHAM, you are turned down for even a minor job in a good company.  No appeal, nowhere to go etc.

So, you can't improve your credit unless you get a job, but you can't get a job because of bad credit report entries.

I think it's even more insidious than snooping at Facebook accounts.

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#21 General Comment

No more unfair than credit checks for applicants !

AUTHOR: Chris - (U.S.A.)

So. you've been out of a job for a year - entirely possible these days, even for 'good' people - and your credit took a few hits and you lost your house.

Potential employer demands you sign a release for a credit report and, WHAM, you are turned down for even a minor job in a good company.  No appeal, nowhere to go etc.

So, you can't improve your credit unless you get a job, but you can't get a job because of bad credit report entries.

I think it's even more insidious than snooping at Facebook accounts.

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