Pitfalls of demanding employees’ social network access credentials

I receive questions now and then about the legalities of employers demanding access to prospective employees’ access credentials for their social networks. I haven’t had a chance to prepare a post on this (I believe there are two big pitfalls for employers and this practice is most likely unlawful) so I recorded a few thoughts instead.

Employers engaging in this practice are exposing themselves to substantial liability and claims of rights infringements. It’s just a bad idea and should be actively discouraged.