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Could employers begin asking for Facebook passwords on applications?
Today in Tech ^ | 11/30/2011 | Mike Wehner

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.

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Does this job application cross the line?



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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: employer; employment; facebook; facebookpassword; jobsearch
Notice this job is with a gubmint agency. Not that a private employer wouldn't be so stupid as to make such a blatant request, but for a gubmint job?

Figures.

1 posted on 11/30/2011 12:11:22 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Either way, I know what my answer is.


2 posted on 11/30/2011 12:14:02 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Do you post on Free Republic? If so, please provide your screen name and password.

3 posted on 11/30/2011 12:14:28 PM PST by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

That question should read “Are you stupid enough to talk smack about fellow workers, superiors, or employers on the internet using your real name?”


4 posted on 11/30/2011 12:15:23 PM PST by moehoward
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


5 posted on 11/30/2011 12:15:35 PM PST by mikelets456
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To: DonaldC

Let me guess. It’s a two word answer. And the second word is ‘you!’


6 posted on 11/30/2011 12:16:28 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
It seems to me that demanding a password to your account would be an invitation to hijack it. They could accomplish what they wanted just by demanding that you "friend" them, same condition which I put on my kids when I allowed them to sign up for social network accounts.

I can see what they are doing, what they are posting and who their friends are. I do not need to hijack their identity.

7 posted on 11/30/2011 12:16:55 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Genoa
....."Do you post on Free Republic? If so, please provide your screen name and password."....

applicant:... Ahhhh,...yes, that would be Lazmataz and 54321.

employer:...Security! Security! You are needed in HR!

8 posted on 11/30/2011 12:23:25 PM PST by chuckles
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To: Responsibility2nd

They can ask all they want, I wont give it to them.


9 posted on 11/30/2011 12:24:22 PM PST by svcw (God's Grace - thank you!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

BFOQ

Bonified Occupational Qualification

They can’t ask, under the law!


10 posted on 11/30/2011 12:26:51 PM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

What is this Facebook?


11 posted on 11/30/2011 12:26:59 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


12 posted on 11/30/2011 12:26:59 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: Responsibility2nd

They can ask.

I know what my answer would be.

“Whats a facespace or mytwit or what’s that other thing you said?”


13 posted on 11/30/2011 12:30:24 PM PST by ExGeeEye (It will take a revolution to reinstate the constitution. (HT FtP))
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To: Responsibility2nd

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!


14 posted on 11/30/2011 12:31:07 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: svcw

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...


15 posted on 11/30/2011 12:31:34 PM PST by jurroppi1
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To: mikelets456

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.

}:-)4


16 posted on 11/30/2011 12:33:31 PM PST by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: Genoa

Do you do on-line banking or have a 401k?


17 posted on 11/30/2011 12:33:31 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hey, if you got nothing to hide........... /s


18 posted on 11/30/2011 12:33:52 PM PST by umgud
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To: Responsibility2nd

What is this Facebook?


19 posted on 11/30/2011 12:34:31 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: moehoward

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.


20 posted on 11/30/2011 12:38:20 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Paladin2

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.


21 posted on 11/30/2011 12:39:15 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: jurroppi1

My answer:
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.


22 posted on 11/30/2011 12:41:44 PM PST by svcw (God's Grace - thank you!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


23 posted on 11/30/2011 12:42:05 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: 6SJ7

The only legitimate reason for such a question is to screen out anyone stupid enough to actually answer it.


24 posted on 11/30/2011 12:44:19 PM PST by Retro Llama
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To: chuckles

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........


25 posted on 11/30/2011 12:46:28 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Responsibility2nd

This can’t be legal. You can’t even ask if someone is married or has children.


26 posted on 11/30/2011 1:09:29 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


27 posted on 11/30/2011 1:10:18 PM PST by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: svcw

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)...


28 posted on 11/30/2011 1:13:34 PM PST by jurroppi1
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To: Responsibility2nd

They can ask, but I’ll be damned if I’ll give them an answer.


29 posted on 11/30/2011 1:16:02 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


30 posted on 11/30/2011 4:19:42 PM PST by Brent Calvert 03969-030
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To: wolfman23601

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.


31 posted on 11/30/2011 6:33:45 PM PST by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


32 posted on 03/27/2012 3:15:04 AM PDT by equaviator
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