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Employers demanding social media passwords: Statement from Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim

30 March 2012

"I'm not aware of this practice occurring in Australia. However, I am very concerned by overseas reports of employers demanding social networking passwords.

Requests of this kind are extremely privacy invasive, and I would suggest, very difficult to justify. At this stage, we have not received any complaints about this issue but I would strongly advise employers against making such demands. Social media profiles have privacy controls for a reason and generally, if a person wishes to keep their online interactions private they should be able to do so. Again, I remind people to be thoughtful about what they are posting online and limit the amount of personal information they are sharing."