Skip to comments.Could employers begin asking for Facebook passwords on applications?
Posted on 11/30/2011 12:11:19 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
Job seekers asked to throw their privacy out the window
For all the good it can do, social networking also has its share of downsides. Putting personal information of any kind on the internet raises plenty of privacy concerns on its own, and handing over your username and password can be like giving away the keys to your very identity. But if you're in the process of seeking new employment, that may be exactly what you'll have to do.
The image below is a snapshot of an application from North Carolina for a clerical position at a police department. One of the required pieces of information is a disclosure of any social networking accounts, along with the username and password to access them.
Does this job application cross the line?
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Either way, I know what my answer is.
That question should read “Are you stupid enough to talk smack about fellow workers, superiors, or employers on the internet using your real name?”
First off, I would throw that application in the trash as I would not want to work for a company like that.
Second, I guess it is a private company and they can “do” what they want...Just don’t give the government any ideas.
Let me guess. It’s a two word answer. And the second word is ‘you!’
I can see what they are doing, what they are posting and who their friends are. I do not need to hijack their identity.
applicant:... Ahhhh,...yes, that would be Lazmataz and 54321.
employer:...Security! Security! You are needed in HR!
They can ask all they want, I wont give it to them.
Bonified Occupational Qualification
They can’t ask, under the law!
What is this Facebook?
1. The application is for a job with a police department.
2. This article is merely reflecting what is fairly common knowledge among many people that your internet fun life, can be an open window on you.
I’ve seen some younger people mostly, who have yet to learn about discretion, privacy, judgement, reputation, etc.
Combine their youth, with the foul language which too many of them use too freely, and yes, if I was an employer, I’d like to know before I hired some of the idiots.
They can ask.
I know what my answer would be.
“Whats a facespace or mytwit or what’s that other thing you said?”
This is interesting on several levels.
1. It is an “old-school” paper application asking about “new-school” technology.
2. It’s an application for a police dept job. The police. As ensuring security. And yet the form asks for a clear-text print your Facebook password for all the world to see right on the form. Brilliant. Why not throw in a request for the account number and password for your bank account while they are at it. Sheesh!
Let’s see, my username is NOYDB and my password is ***********.
You didn’t ask which site they were for, just if I had any accounts like facebook and what my usernames and passwords are...
Actually it’s not an application for a private company, it’s for a police department according to the article. Still, I wouldn’t give them the information. If they want to search me up on the Internet, that’s fair, I’ve put the stuff out there and it’s findable. But giving them actual access to an account that they could post on or see private correspondence? Uh-uh. No way. That’s over the line.
Do you do on-line banking or have a 401k?
Hey, if you got nothing to hide........... /s
What is this Facebook?
Our Customer Service Manager complained on Facebook about being called “A Professional A44Hole” by the owner of the company in a Manager’s Meeting. Then he posts that no one is to be using Facebook during working hours.
It’s a Book of Faces that St. Peter uses to verify if you’re allowed into Heaven. He’s old, and his memory is going.
user name - none of your damn business
password - f*** you
It is illegal for them to even ask unless they can demonstrate that is directly related to the job being applied for.
I think this is fake.
Can you imagine the lawsuit if one’s password is the same as a bank or charge card password? If one cent was stolen or charged, this city has deep pockets.
AND one can register a credit card for FB cash.
The only legitimate reason for such a question is to screen out anyone stupid enough to actually answer it.
OKAY you got me. Just laughed right out loud - and I mean LOUD - while seemingly working diligently in my cubicle. They probably think I am nuts........
This can’t be legal. You can’t even ask if someone is married or has children.
My employer has “friended” me. It’s required in the securities industry to ensure we aren’t using fraudulent or misleading marketing practices outside of their supervision.
I absolutely would not give anyone my username and password.
Actually that is exactly what I alluded to (NOYDB = none of your damned business) and ********* is what appears when I type the password (whatever it might be)...
They can ask, but I’ll be damned if I’ll give them an answer.
Get your kids password so you can truly check what they are posting. They can “hide” any specific status update from anyone they want through the privacy settings. So you may only be able to view, say, 97% of what your child posts, and you would never even notice the unseen 3%.
Kids know how to do this. Many parents do not.
Applications to LE agencies are different, even though this is only a clerical job, they still do a background check. Not as in-depth as for someone applying for an officer or deputy position (which background is pretty darn thorough), but there have been cases of people applying for non-sworn positions with the po-po for, let’s say, less than above-board reasons.
Not too long ago, for example, agencies serving warrants in Compton had to stop advising the Compton PD of the pending service...they kept getting dimed out.
I’m coming up on my one year anniversary of having deactivated my Facebook account. I spent 10 months reconnecting with some school friends and others I don’t normally associate with.
Since hearing that some employers have their HR departments requiring job seekers to reveal their FB passwords as a condition of pre-employment, I’m seriously considering canceling my account with Linkedin.
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