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Germany Versus Facebook

For the “I appreciate what you’re trying to do but this is unworkable” file, Germany seeks to ban employer use of Facebook in hiring decisions:

The bill would allow managers to search for publicly accessible information about prospective employees on the Web and to view their pages on job networking sites, like LinkedIn or Xing. But it would draw the line at purely social networking sites like Facebook, said Philipp Spauschus, a spokesman for the Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière.

We’re going to need some kind of shift in norms and not just legal efforts to hold back the tide of digital information.

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