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Germany Proposes Law Banning Employment Decisions Based on Facebook

Worried about your boss finding those pictures from last weekend? Laid off after faking sick?
A proposed law in Germany would prohibit these embarrassing lapses and decisions. The law proposed would block employers from “friending” prospective employees, and from making any employment decisions based on private postings on social networks and the larger web.

The law also includes a prohibition on employers reading employee emails, and monitoring employees using surveillance cameras in private areas of a building. These measures move to strengthen employees rights in Germany from increasingly snooping bosses and managers.

What’s your take? Have you been called out for something on Facebook at work?

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