Facebook addresses more privacy concerns

According to a Friday post on the Facebook and Privacy Page, the popular social network has revealed that it has taken a number of steps of late to address more privacy concerns of the users; and has also warned the employers to refrain from asking their would-be employees for their passwords.

Stating the site's new privacy-related measures are essentially aimed at clarifying Facebook's user "rights and responsibilities" policies, the social network said that it has threatened to take legal action against employers who ask their employees or new job applicants to hand over their personal Facebook login details.

Noting that the employers' practice of demanding the Facebook login credentials of employees "undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user's friends," Erin Egan - Facebook's chief privacy officer of policy - said in the Friday post that such a policy "potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability."

Further adding that Facebook has been working "really hard" to give its millions of users the requisite tools to control other people's access to their personal details, Egan said that, for the popular social network, user privacy is a serious issue.

Stating that Facebook will also readily take the legal route against snooping employers, Egan further added that Facebook would "take action to protect the privacy and security of our users, whether by engaging policymakers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action, including by shutting down applications that abuse their privileges."