Skip to comments.Should Employers Be Allowed to Ask for Your Facebook Login?
Posted on 02/21/2011 3:50:37 PM PST by FromLori
The American Civil Liberties Union has taken up the cause of a Maryland man who was forced to cough up his Facebook password during a job interview with the Department of Corrections in that state.
According to an ACLU letter sent to the Maryland Department of Corrections, the organization requires that new applicants and those applying for recertifications give the government "their social media account usernames and personal passwords for use in employee background checks."
The ACLU calls this policy "a frightening and illegal invasion of privacy" and I can't say that I disagree. Keep in mind that this isn't looking at what you've posted to a public Twitter account; the government agency here could look through private Facebook messages, which seems a lot like reading through your mail, paper or digital.
While it's not surprising that some employers might want to snoop in your social media life, it strikes me as a remarkable misapprehension of what Facebook is to think that it should be wholly open for background investigations. Legally, things are probably more complex, but it seems commonsensical that carte blanche access to your communications should be off-limits.
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Login? No. ID? Sure.
The thing about Facebook is that it is pretty much useless if you don't use your real name.
True ... but we have nothing to hide here, we are a polite and civil forum.
Of course, if you do have a Facebook account and your employer later discovers it, you'd be in a position to get fired for lying on your application.
The best idea is that if you are job hunting, simply delete your FB account. You can always reopen it later.
“The thing about Facebook is that it is pretty much useless if you don’t use your real name.”
Nope, if you only friend people you know in meatworld, you’ll know everyone’s fake names.
And they’ll laugh at your choice of profile picture.
Oh your high school classmates won’t be able to find you. And there are other plusses too!
Sure .... it’s Super secure.
During a recent password audit, it was found that I was using the following password:
When asked why I had such a long password, I said
I was told that it had to be at least 8 characters
long and include at least one capital.
The ACLU does get it right from time to time. Not as much as they get it wrong, IMHO, but credit is quite due where it is deserved.
Sorry.... I don’t have a FB account.
The GOP got it's a** handed to it in 2008 when Insane McCain said he didn't know how to send an e-mail. The Leftists are using social networking media to advance their agenda, and were whipping our butts good until our side started pulling its heads out of the Stone Age, and started using FB, Twitter, etc. to fight back.
Because our enemies are using it, we have to use it. Get out of the Stone Age and face reality...FB is here to stay, just as cars, planes, microwaves, and cellphones are here to stay.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Or ask yourself if you really want to work for a company/agency that is so intrusive that you have to give up your privacy.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Sadly, beggars can't be choosers these days and employers know this. If you want a paycheck, you gotta stand in line with a whole bunch of people who would gladly bend over and spill their FB passwords while saying "thank you for giving me a chance!"
(shrug) I know nothing about Facebook and have zero interest. In fact, I think it’s crazy. If I was doing the hiring, an applicant having a Facebook account in the first place would give me pause.
I wonder if they’d figure out I’m not 106 years old...
“If I was doing the hiring, an applicant having a Facebook account in the first place would give me pause.”
Welcome to 1990.
Just don’t have Facebook or Twitter accounts.
They want the twits. They want the people who will submit. They do not want competent people.
Yes, an employer should be able to ask for this information. An employee should have nothing to hide from his boss and there should be no secrets kept from the boss.
Why do so many people on here think having a Free Republic account is different from having a Facebook or Twitter account? If you're a member of an online forum and post messages, they want to know your user name and login. There's no exemption for Free Republic, or for that matter, for DU.
You have a Free Republic account. They want that, too.
You’re being facetious, right?
How on earth would being registered at Free Republic ever become known to a prospective employer?
Facebook has at least 90,000,000 clients, maybe they are over a hundred million by now. Add in Myspace, Livejournal, Tumblr and the rest and you will find yourself refusing to hire 200,000,000 people.
I use FB for politics local and national. Twitter, for the same reason. I am a b/tard on 4chan, for political idea-spreading as well. Our enemies already have an infrastructure online and in the social nets they use for rapid communications and fund raising. If we ignore it we’ll always be wondering what happened.
I have an email account I use to sign up for all the left politicians and DSUSA, CPUSA, and the like to keep up with their online propaganda. If you wish to see what’s coming up, it helps a lot.
“How on earth would being registered at Free Republic ever become known to a prospective employer?”
If you say you don’t in writing on an application and they find out later, lets say they look at your internet use, or they hear you mention “well, I posted that on FR”, you can get canned for lying on your application.
If you have a TS clearance and they ask, you say no, then later you get that as a polygraph question, you are toast.
Basically if you lie you might get caught lying.
Monthly donor? If somehow they audit your credit card bill (happens for some clearances and the thread article is for the Corrections Department) you’ll get caught.
After this, they do a lie detector test. If your lie detector test comes back that you've been deceptive in answering questions on your application, they will dismiss you from the hiring process. You're living in the old world. If you apply with a governmental agency now, you're a suspect. They want your bank account numbers, your investment portfolio, all groups to which you belong, and dozens of other pieces of information. According to EEOC, they're not supposed to ask about your family, but I know of many agencies that ask if you are divorced, and if you are divorced, they want the contact information for your ex-spouse. If you decline to answer any questions, you are removed from consideration, and if you come back as being deceptive on the lie detector test, you are also dismissed from consideration.
This is why I am self-employed.
I work for me, not for somebody else.
Yeah, sorta, I guess. I suppose they should be allowed to ask anything they want. Employee should decide if and how to answer.
I’d just lie and say don’t have any.
That’s a good move. When I got into government service, it wasn’t so intrusive. Part of the problem is that once someone is off probation for civil service it’s practically impossible to fire them. So, they give you a real anal probe on the way in.
I don’t use Facebook or Myspace or Twitter. Never will understand the appeal.
I also would never give anyone my passwords to anything.
Check my post #78.
If they ask for my facebook login, I will gladly volunteer to give them a stool sample instead.
Right after I tell them to FOAD.
It ain't their business. My passwords and my social networking is my business alone. Some a-hole control freak can take a hike.
What next? Are they gonna try to get someone's FR login and password?
What about a FR account?
It’s not just you. However, there are people who will, and that’s part of the point, I think. It recruits a certain type of individual, specifically one that doesn’t believe in the fourth amendment.
A good place to be. Congratulations on success after, no doubt, real work to get there!
But do check out online communications for politics, or good people like you will be cut out.
Hire them on the spot!
Only for those who lack the entrepreneurial spirit. It's not the easiest thing in the world to start a business and create your own job, especially today, but whether the effort is worth it depends on how sick and tired you are of a**hole bosses meddling in your personal life.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
LOL, I’m good with that!
I lost my Facebook account info in the boating tragedy I’ve been telling you about....
Of course employers are allowed to ask the question; but they can’t force an answer. If a potential employee doesn’t like such a policy, they are free to take their labor elsewhere...
I suppose if the employer is a public entity, then Constitutional objections could probably be raised...
I don't even know what a "Login" is.
Ah, but i wasn't saying a thing about Sarah Palin as an elected person. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, she's not holding an office or running for office.
i believe that was another poster who questioned you on that matter. i did not.
Again, congratulations you've just disqualified Sarah Palin from employment in your company.
I would never surrender personal information (such as login passwords) to any interviewer. Might as well ask for my ATM pin number while you’re at it and my paypal login info.
It’s all data mining. Anyone who WOULD surrender such information should be rejected on the spot as he’d be a potential leak for privileged CLIENT information.