Germany Forbids Future Bosses from Friending you on Facebook

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Wed, Aug 25th, 2010 15:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Toronto Star reports on Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere who announced that the government is planning a new law to protect employees' privacy, including making it illegal for employers to check on job candidates' private Facebook postings. 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.

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“In another context, this could be read as something akin to torture or brainwashing. For Facebook, it was just business as usual.”