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Author: John Pan
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An old Chinese proverb says that "what is told in the ear of a man is often heard 100 miles away", but nowadays it is heard all over social networks, especially on the most popular one, Facebook.

In the era in which whoever is not in the Book of Faces, it doesn't exist, the employers are dying of curiosity in knowing all the employees faces.

So, we came to talk about trials and contracts signed after the accounts are checked.

If everything is public now and we write on the "wall" what we eat at lunch, what we dream of or where we spend our time, why can't we assume that this information can and will be used against us (or in our favor, but seldom), asks the employers.

Some went so far that they have officially asked the Facebook Company to provide them the passwords from their employees’ accounts for checks.


Facebook accentuated that the right of every user to his privacy is saint and declared that it is ready to sue those company which ask for passwords.

This controversy is, still, only the last from a long chain - since the apparition of Facebook, employers have ardently wanted to read the whole Book of Faces of their employees, while their subordinates yelled that they have all the rights to keep their "public" secrets away from their bosses eyes.

The CV as the CV, but what about the Wall

In a recently made survey by the famous recruiting site, CareerBuilder, 37% of the managers from Human Resources field admitted that they enter the social networking pages in order to search there the name and secrets of the ones that apply for jobs.

From this 37%, 65% first were entering on Facebook.

Also, managers die of curiosity not only in what concern the future employees, but the present ones.

So, they are keeping their eyes on the already employed ones, to know exactly who they are dealing with.

You certainly heard about people who lost their jobs for pictures or commentaries that were considered improper.

I am still wondering, since I started writing this article, which has more justice by him and I realize that, somehow, I am for the both sides.

It's true that I would like to know that, besides someone's employee, I am a person with the right to privacy (but, what privacy can Facebook offer?!), but, at the same time, as an employer, I would like to know that I've hired the right person from every point of view.


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