Time to unfriend Facebook checks (Editor’s notes)

Asking candidates to hand over Facebook passwords ‘akin to requiring someone’s house keys’: Lawyer
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2012

Employers, it’s time to end your fascination with Facebook when it comes to conducting background checks.

Last month, the Associated Press (AP) put out an article that posed the question: “Would you reveal your Facebook password for a job?”

Numerous media outlets — including the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star — ran it, and it generated plenty of comments. Only seven per cent of respondents said they would hand over passwords, according to an online poll by the Star.