The question is…Is it an invasion of privacy for businesses to look at private social media pages?
“Invasion of privacy is the intrusion into the personal life of another, without just cause, which can givethe person whose privacy has beeninvaded a right to bring a lawsuit for damages against the person or entity that intruded…”
“It encompasses workplacemonitoring, Internet privacy, data collection…”
Social Media’s Movement Some Social• No such thing as Media • Whole world on Facebook • Facebook Facebook• No such thing as started out small • Twitter growing Twitter • Twitter was not launched Social Media Privacy Bombardment
An increase in both aspects Social media Managers viewing publicly available Facebook and Twitter accounts
KEY WORD: PUBLICLY • User allowing activityPublic to be seenPage • Managers can easily view • Done to keep privatePrivate • All entitled to private lives Page
Facebook was designed in a way that allows users to limit their profiles availabilityThat makes employer’s asking to view employee’s privatepages, or for their password… an invasion of privacy
“It’s an invasion of privacy for privateemployers to insist on looking at people’sprivate Facebook pages as a condition ofemployment or consideration in anapplication process.” -ACLU attorney Catherine Crump
“Asking for your Facebook password is likedemanding the key to your house, your alarmcode, and to be put on your bank account as asigner.” - David Gewirtz
What employer’s should be focusing on Resumes Interviews Background checks
Because in reality, what is more important?How someone uses social media? Or their work ethics?
The answer is clearBusinesses looking at private social media pages… Invasion of privacy ↵
Works CitedAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Man 2012. “Invading Privacy Through Facebook.”Blog of Rights 2012. “Your Facebook Password Should be None of Your Boss’ Business.”Lenard, George 2012. “Employers Using Facebook for Background Checking, Part I.”LeVine, Marc 2012. “Employers May Destroy Social Media Marketing Through Invasion of Privacy.”Protalinski, Emil 2012. “Employers Demanding Facebook Passwords is Privacy Invasion.”