This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
Consider this scenario: You apply for a job. Your prospective employer shows up on your doorstep and tells you the only way you’ll be considered is if you let him go through the mail that comes to your home for the next month.
That mail might include medical information, revealing facts about your private life, even personal products that come “packaged for your privacy.” But you really want that job . . .
No employer would do that, of course, but according to some job seekers, a high-tech version of that is happening: They say employers and universities increasingly are demanding that applicants turn over their user names and passwords to such social media sites as Facebook to learn more about them. In response, some lawmakers plan to introduce legislation forbidding employers from seeking access to private Internet sites. Read more »