Law to stop Facebook checks

2010-08-25 15:56

Berlin - Germany's government is planning a new law to protect employees' privacy, including making it illegal for employers to check on job candidates' private Facebook postings.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Wednesday the law would make it illegal for future bosses to ask applicants to become their Facebook friend in order to check out details they would otherwise keep private.

Checking postings made public on the web would be allowed, though.

He said the law will also prevent clandestine video surveillance in the work place - except in public spaces such as supermarkets. Cameras will be allowed if employees know about them, but not in private spaces like lavatories or locker rooms.

The law now has to be considered by parliament.

  • Hugh - 2010-08-25 17:09

    A good thing too. Employers who spy on their employees fFB pages them takes acytion is tannamount to an encroachiment on freedom of expression. For my book I would say that that employers should learn from these and engage in constructive measures.

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