UK Government Has "Very Serious Concerns" Over Employer Facebook Snooping

By Gary Cutlack on at

The worrying trend that's seeing some US job hunters asked to hand over their social network login details is unlikely to become common practice in the UK, with the Information Commissioner's Office warning this would potentially breach the Data Protection Act.

Commenting on the issue, the ICO said: "The UK Data Protection Act clearly says that organisations shouldn't hold excessive information about individuals, and it's questionable why they would need that information in the first place."

Clearly a potential boss asking to have a quick read through your Facebook messages and a look through your holiday photos while he's there would be deemed excessive, with the ICO adding that it would have "very serious concerns if this practice was to become the norm in the UK." [Guardian]