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Time to legislate online privacy

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What many readers (“Facebook is public forum,” Reader Input, July 5) seem to have missed in the Facebook debate is that employers are not asking to look at candidates’ Facebook pages; they are requesting the password to the candidate’s account.
This means that they can sign on as if they were you. Now everything is open and privacy settings are void. If you have a private photo album memorializing a relatives’ last illness, it can be viewed, maybe even shared somewhere.
If you have a private message thread with a friend about a crisis in their lives, or a private thread with a mentor about the job you are applying for, it is all open to be browsed.
Moreover, every one of your Friends can be pried open by someone who is definitely not their friend (or yours).
Facebook is not a public forum; it is a communications platform that gives users explicit control over who can see what.
There is a pile of high court rulings that restrict law enforcement from fishing in peoples’ lives without cause. Clearly there should be an equal protection for citizens that denies a human resources flunky the right to pry into the private lives of job seekers.
John Sisson, Newcastle