Facebook’s New Terms of Use Hindering College Students Careers?

Little to the knowledge of many Facebook users, making a Facebook profile not only gives user access to its beneficial networking system but also means a contract granting Facebook permission to use any of their posted personal information as they see fit, though once the profile is deleted, the license to use the material is deleted with it. Recently, there have been minor revisions of these terms that have those “in the know” about this situation in an uproar. The new terms of use omit vital text stating the destruction of the property license meaning, as Eric Goldman, associate professor of the High Tech Law Institute puts it, “They’re saying, ‘Once data gets in our database, we can do whatever we want with it.'”

College students, who often use Facebook for its networking properties and job advertisements, are directly affected by these new policies in terms of current and future employment. In this technological age it is not uncommon for employers turn to Facebook to grasp a clearer understanding of their employees’ behavior outside of the standard cover letter and resume. How do college students deal with the reality that employers may be able to dig into their personal lives via Facebook? Reinhardt College students expressed their views about the alterations to the terms of use and what this could mean for their future careers.

Both Juniors Brielle Chinn and Jenni Smoller feel employers would be intruding on their privacy. Brielle says, “It makes me feel like a bit of an invasion of my privacy because if there was anything [employers] needed to know I could provide that for them,” and Jenni fells that “all personal information should be just that, personal. And that the only way that any of the information should be accessed is by owners consent.”

Freshmen Jed Mills and Sophomore King Waters don’t agree with past and possibly outdated information being shared: “I don’t see a problem with an employer having the right to do that if the information is current. I have pictures on mine from 5 years ago and a lot can change in that time,” says Jed which is similar to Sophomore King Waters’ views that “once you delete it you might not have the same views as you did on Facebook, and if they are going based off your old information, that’s wrong judgment. It’s kind of useless and invalid.” While the last four Reinhardt Students disagreed with the new terms of use one was or the other, some students just aren’t interested in possible results of the new policies. Frshemen Ayana Madison says, “I really don’t care, because I don’t have anything on there that I am really ashamed of.”

Thai Cromer

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