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K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security

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Why you *can't* provide your Facebook credentials

privacy

I know this isn't related to SQL Server, but it is related to security and privacy.

If an employer or potential employer asks for your Facebook credentials or for you to log in and let them look at your account, have them go the following link: https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms

 

There are several parts for them to see. In order for anyone to use Facebook, they have to agree to this:

 

5. You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.  (under section 3. Safety) 

 

And if you are to continue to use Facebook, you have to abide by this:

 

8. You will not share your password, (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account. (under section 4. Registration and Account Security)

 

Therefore, they cannot ask for your login information and legally use Facebook. They also cannot ask you to log on to Facebook and look at your account (that is accessing an account belonging to someone else) because in order to use Facebook they have to agree to the statement where they will not do that. They would be in breach of the terms of service with Facebook if they attempt to do so. Also, for your use of Facebook, you aren't allowed to share your password or let anyone else access your account. If they persist, remind them that this is a potentially legally binding agreement and before you could break such an agreement, you would need to get the advice of counsel, and so should they.

 

Comments

Posted by DataChomp on 3 April 2012

Has anyone actually run into this problem?  Like in real life instead of some blog or anecdote needing page hits?

The best part about any potential employer asking for your Facebook  or any other credential, is that you know it is a place you don't want to work and can move on with your mind at ease.

Posted by K. Brian Kelley on 3 April 2012

There are lawsuits in flight over this, including a teacher's aide who was fired when she refused to log in with her Facebook credentials. It's become significant enough where Facebook has had to make comments about the situation.

Posted by DataChomp on 3 April 2012

Has anyone actually run into this problem?  Like in real life instead of some blog or anecdote needing page hits?

The best part about any potential employer asking for your Facebook  or any other credential, is that you know it is a place you don't want to work and can move on with your mind at ease.

Posted by janosB on 3 April 2012

I have heard this kind of situation from a friend of mine. He did not provide details of his FB account.If someone does, that guy may be crazy... or simply ask him about his credit card details :)

Posted by K. Brian Kelley on 3 April 2012

Yup, Janos, to your point of craziness, I ask that in the follow-on blog post. There are cases where I can see folks agreeing (they absolutely feel they need the job, for instance).

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