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On 17.10.2012 12:38, Jay Lozier wrote:
On 10/16/2012 09:12 PM, rost52 wrote:
I attended last week a seminar on the the legal situation with social
networks. The presenting US lawyer mentioned that even in the US
asking for FB passwords is illegal.

On 16.10.2012 22:59, Jay Lozier wrote:
   Anyone asking for my Facebook password in a job interview is
out of luck; I do not know it because I use a password manager and each
password I use is generated per account

It has not stopped people from asking in a job interview. In most US
states it is no explicitly illegal nor is it explicitly illegal in US
Federal law. A couple of counter arguments would be: "Do you really want
me to violate my contract with Facebook?", or "Do you realize you are
asking me to violate one the most basic tenets of computer security;
never reveal your log in credentials to anyone?" The first implies that
they will ask you to potentially violate a contract or, worse, the law.
The second implies they are stupid and are very cavalier about
protecting corporate assets.

Under US labor law asking the question potentially allows the employer
to find out information that they can not legally ask in an interview.
This is the primary legal challenge to the question that is an implicit
illegal question by the employer.

I can truthfully say I do not know my Facebook or virtually any other
password because I use a password manager to generate and store them.
And I am not in the habit of carrying the file and the manager around on
a USB stick.
Great ways out of troubles! Thanks.

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