As of Sunday, employers or potential employers in the state of Washington can no longer demand passwords to Facebook and other social media sites from employees or applicants, as a bill the state passed in May went into effect, MyNorthwest.com reported.
Early and former Facebook employee Katherine Losse reiterated her claim that employees of the social network had access to a master password in offering her take on the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative to The Guardian.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that bans employers from demanding that employees or job candidates surrender their passwords to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, as well as from requiring employees to add managers as friends or contacts, AP reported.
Coinciding with National Cyber Security Awareness Week in Australia this week, Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan published a note on the Facebook Security page urging users to take steps to protect their passwords for the social network, and offering seven tips on how to do so.
McAfee Internet Security Expert Robert Siciliano shared his list of 10 mistakes graduates should avoid on social networks in a post on McAfee blog, pointing out that the security company’s Love, Relationships, and Technology study found that 13.7 percent of respondents aged 18 through 24 knew someone who lost their job due to images or messaged that were publicly posted.
Having your password compromised on Facebook is a terrible ordeal. But now there’s a way to safely restore your information, with the help of close friends. In 2011, Facebook first introduced Trusted Friends, which allowed friends to verify that you’re really you and help you gain access into your account. Facebook announced Thursday that it has improved the service, rolling it out globally as Trusted Contacts.
All over the U.S., states are passing legislation banning employers from asking for their employees’ social media login information. However, an amendment to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA, which Facebook no longer supports) shunning this practice was shot down by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Proposed Amendment To Password Protection Act Would Allow Employers To Demand Facebook Passwords During Company Investigations
The Password Protection Act of 2012 — which was introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives last May, but not acted upon and sent to committee — was the subject of an amendment at the House Labor Committee that would make an exception to the prohibition of employers requesting the Facebook passwords of employees or applicants in the event of company investigations.