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Not being a computer aficionado, I cannot understand why anyone would list his or her comings and goings, likes and dislikes, private practices, pictures and relationships on the computer. In my opinion, this personal information is interesting only to the person who publishes it. I also thought that such information was private until I read about some companies requesting/demanding Facebook usernames and passwords from potential employees. This tactic hit home recently when my daughter was faced with this issue while applying for a job.

My first thought when she told me about the “request” was that the company had no right to pry into her personal life. But then I realized that perhaps the company had sound reasons to seek as much information as possible about a potential employee. And finally, I started to think about this from an insurance perspective; specifically, can the company be sued for violating a person’s privacy, and would a liability policy apply to such a lawsuit?

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