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State agencies, colleges demand applicants' Facebook passwords (Communism around the corner)
msnbc ^ | 3/6/2012 | Bob Sullivan

Posted on 03/06/2012 4:39:15 AM PST by tobyhill

If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can't see your private posts, guess again.

Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and increasingly, they are demanding full access from applicants and students.

In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state's Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agencies; applicants; colleges; demand; facebook; passwords; state

1 posted on 03/06/2012 4:39:17 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

This is what happens when government runs amok.
People in authority think they can do anything


2 posted on 03/06/2012 4:41:53 AM PST by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: tobyhill

The password to my fake Facebook page is screwu


3 posted on 03/06/2012 4:43:29 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: South Dakota

Nation of laws vs. Nation of men.


4 posted on 03/06/2012 4:44:40 AM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: tobyhill

“Social Media Monitoring” by progessive leftists in colleges.

Can you say peer pressure?

I guess there are things better than Fb and Twitter. Just go hang out with your friends ...face to face and really communicate with each other.

We learned this very quickly at one jobsite. If I needed to speak with my boss outside the fenceline or make him aware of something, it was a scan out and a walk over to talk. Nothing, nothing of value went into any of the monitored company email. That said there are thousands of businesses required to keep every freakin’ email for the government to monitor.

Social media monitoring is just the next step...


5 posted on 03/06/2012 4:56:27 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: tobyhill

I have no Facebook account. Nor any other social messaging account. Am I therefore automatically rejected as an applicant?

I do have FreeRepublic though. Should I be concerned? /s


6 posted on 03/06/2012 5:03:25 AM PST by rawhide
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To: vanilla swirl

Extortion.

It’s a crime.


7 posted on 03/06/2012 5:04:53 AM PST by Surrounded_too
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To: rawhide

Everyone should be concerned.


8 posted on 03/06/2012 5:05:46 AM PST by tobyhill (Fight Fire With Fire)
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To: South Dakota

Over-reaching government is what fills the vacuum of created by gutless people.


9 posted on 03/06/2012 5:09:03 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: tobyhill
IMHO they should forget about Facebook and instead go after access to people's Photobucket accounts. A lot more can be found/learned by looking at the type of photos a person normally takes. Oh and never ever promote someone who has pictures of their family all over their desk. Or is always selling Girls Scout Cookies or Church Raffle Tickets. They care more about them than making you money :-)
/s
10 posted on 03/06/2012 5:13:27 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: rawhide

I have a facebook account but I ONLY use it to store photos of my family online, so I dont have to upload or email them to anyone who wants to see them


11 posted on 03/06/2012 5:13:49 AM PST by Mr. K (Were the Soviet-Era propogandists as gleefully willing as our Lame-stream Media?)
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To: tobyhill
Bradley Shear, a Washington D.C.-lawyer who says both schools and employers are violating the First Amendment with demands for access to otherwise private social media content. "I can't believe some people think it's OK to do this,” he said. “Maybe it's OK if you live in a totalitarian regime, but we still have a Constitution to protect us.

Aw, poor little Brad still thinks we have that old outdated dusty Constitution made up by a bunch of old dead white guys.

12 posted on 03/06/2012 5:16:48 AM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: bert

You present an interesting idea: is it possible to create a Facebook account with a minimal amount of personal information and a maximum amount of privacy (setting) for the sole purpose of giving the middle finger to someone who looks?


13 posted on 03/06/2012 5:18:13 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: tobyhill
What that means is that if you ever want a job with NSA, CIA, etc. what you have to do is NOT EVER have a Facebook account.

There are other tricks of course.

Remember the escalator deal ~ don't go up right away ~ wait. Then go up when you have clear command of your personal space.

They like that.

14 posted on 03/06/2012 5:35:37 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: 1rudeboy
Your post wasn't addressed to me, but as I'm feeling magnanimous this morning,
here's a contribution toward that account :)



(also provides a partial explanation of the gesture's origin)

15 posted on 03/06/2012 5:36:44 AM PST by tomkat (FU.baraq)
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To: tobyhill

In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state’s Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.

Yeah like that is going to happen. Sorry you just violated my rights under the US Constitution and now you will pay me for the rest of my life without my actually working!
The only way to deal with these assclowns.......


16 posted on 03/06/2012 5:39:24 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New the media American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Condor51
Your typical County Manager should have plenty of pictures of himself with youth groups who came to his office to see what he and his staff really do.

He should have some animal pictures ~ where he's petting the animal. He should also have pictures of himself with swimming teams, swim clubs, and other sorts of clubs with close relationships to the public park systems.

If he doesn't he's hiding something ~ like why he doesn't want to be seen standing there with young men in speedos!

The ones I find most disturbing are where the county manager has NO pictures at all with him with young girls ~ that's a definite guilt trip deal.

Two years ago we had that in Delaware ~ the Democrat's friends at Google.com had obviously cleared the decks of photos with him in them.

17 posted on 03/06/2012 5:40:05 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: SECURE AMERICA

You apply for some jobs you will get a thorough background check ~ you will have agreed to that at the time you submitted the application. Otherwise you simply will not get the jobs ~ NOT EVER ~ not even with some other country.


18 posted on 03/06/2012 5:42:11 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: vanilla swirl

A blatant attempt to root out any applicants with conservative viewpoints for rejection.


19 posted on 03/06/2012 5:53:15 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Mr. K
I have a facebook account but I ONLY use it to store photos of my family online, so I dont have to upload or email them to anyone who wants to see them

Doesn't that make it easier for the regime to ID them when they have to round up possible conservatives?

20 posted on 03/06/2012 5:56:36 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Mr. K
*** I have a facebook account but I ONLY use it to store photos of my family online ***

Try Photobucket.
They have Free accounts with Unlimited storage for photos. Free Account Info

I have a 'Pro account' which gives me extra goodies. But the Free Account suits most people.

21 posted on 03/06/2012 6:14:33 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: tobyhill

Well anybody with a lick of common sense (who still wanted to work for a company that would ask something like that) would create a “dummy” facebook profile, with some innocuous pictures of kitty cats and inspirational quotes. Put some nice, clean cut “business friendly” types on the friends list (with a couple token minorities to display your politically correct cred) and some dull posts about the weather.


22 posted on 03/06/2012 6:22:19 AM PST by apillar
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To: tobyhill

I guess their titillation with me would be downright boring as I don’t do social media and question the intelligence of those who foolishly do.

Why would you voluntarily climb in bed with someone when they could, on a whim or moment’s notice or “accident,” turn and bite you big time?

I value my privacy and work to improve it.


23 posted on 03/06/2012 6:22:41 AM PST by upchuck (Where others hold a window into the world, nobama holds a mirror. h/t - Don Surber)
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To: bert

I don’t have a facebook account. I also don’t have an account at Freerepublic. :)


24 posted on 03/06/2012 7:07:53 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: muawiyah; tobyhill; SECURE AMERICA
18 posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 7:42:11 AM by muawiyah: “You apply for some jobs you will get a thorough background check ~ you will have agreed to that at the time you submitted the application. Otherwise you simply will not get the jobs ~ NOT EVER ~ not even with some other country.”

He's right.

I can easily see why the Department of Corrections would want to see what employees or job applicants are putting on Facebook. That's legitimate.

Same for any federal job requiring a security clearance, or most state and local police work.

I don't have a problem with a university or any other employer requiring EMPLOYEES to disclose their off-duty activities. It seems like a bad idea to me, and for tenured professors, it would be a violation of academic freedom to discharge someone based on most things they might put on Facebook, but if you want to work for someone you need to follow their rules unless they're clearly unconstitutional.

This isn't. Employers have the right to make stupid rules, and I have the right to choose not to work for them.

But students? What possible legitimate purpose could there be for forcing students to disclose Facebook passwords at a public university? There are longstanding precedents in case law which may apply here to student free speech rights.

Private schools are a whole different ballgame. I know of private Christian schools which monitor Facebook and will discipline students for grossly offensive things posted there. I will defend their right to do so — and theoretically, I suppose Harvard or Yale could use their private status to do the same.

Bottom line: If you don't want the whole wide world to know what you say, don't post it on the world wide web.

25 posted on 03/06/2012 7:26:32 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: tobyhill

Just on the surface this sounds like something that could keep half the country’s lawyer population gainfully employed for the next ten years.

Obama’s Justice Dept. is actually bringing the hammer down on employers who snoop Facebook. Unions are finding it just too useful for behind-your-back organizing campaigns, dontcha know.


26 posted on 03/06/2012 7:47:39 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: apillar

Atlas Shrugged tells us that that’s not the solution. We can’t simply get clever in order to play along with a corrupt and abusive system, for its ability to become ever more corrupt and abusive is virtually infinite. We have to fight it head on.


27 posted on 03/06/2012 8:05:56 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy

In Communist Russia, they tortured people to get the names of their compatriots. That won’t be required now.


28 posted on 03/06/2012 8:53:05 AM PST by aimhigh
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