Skip to comments.Colleges, employers ask for Facebook passwords
Posted on 03/20/2012 7:05:19 AM PDT by madison10
Some employers and college are asking to see applicants' Facebook pages from job applicants and student athletes, according to a report on Tuesday.
MSNBC's Red Tape Chronicles blog said job applicants at the Maryland Department of Corrections have been asked to log into their accounts so that interviewers could see their wall posts, friends, photos and anything else they may have behind the social network's privacy wall...
...Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens said many such school and employer policies appear to violate the site's terms.
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This falls under the “If you have nothing to hide, there is nothing to worry about citizen.
I don’t have one either. This reminds me of my late mother’s stern warning that she mentioned more times than I can remember: Don’t ever write anything that you would be ashamed if it became public.
In the computer age - it should include pictures as well.
From what little I’ve seen on some folk’s facebook pages (most certainly NOT from my machine...I’ll not be infected by such blather)...I’d not even think of hiring the vast majority of those who choose to be enrolled.
>Am I the only FReeper that doesn’t have a Facebook account?
No. I cancelled mine after a few days - it took that long to see what it was all about.
Not surprising in a country where people urinate on command for a job.
Nope, I don’t do the FB thing either. Years ago I had an account with the other place (Myspace), just to see what the hubub was about, but I’ve never used it for anything. Used a throwaway email and a fake name even then.
I really don’t get the notion of putting so much personal info out there on the net.
I would think you would have some 'splaing to do, and probably be classifed as being somewhat anti-social no matter what you said.
I use this free service because some US and other sites are blocked in Thailand and it hides IP addresses, but I notice they also have throwaway email accounts. All you need to open a Facebook account is a valid email address.
Is anyone seriously surprised by this? For the average user the internet has never been private.
I would tell them that I would give you my password and user name as soon as they gave me their’s.
These SOB’s think they own you just because your applying for a job or working for them.They’re NUTS.
—Then, the agency arranges to send an attractive undercover female (or as the case would be male) agent to “chat you up” at the bar over a couple of drinks, or in the park on a nice sunny day, with a view towards establishing your true character and personal habits. Works like a charm.—
Yeah. I saw “The Firm” too. :)
Actually, I was just vetted by the FDIC last year...
BTW, the reason that particular avenue would not work for me is that I have no “favorite haunts”. And the places I do go to occasionally, I go to with my wife. Bike riding, playing at bluegrass jams at the local music store with a bunch of guys where the youngest is in his 50’s. And working on our property are my haunts. An undercover female would be, uh, awkward. And if she were alluring it would be downright laughable.
Think Marilyn Monroe in a slinky red dress showing up at the local grain elevator to “talk up” the farmers having coffee drinking “man time” and you get the picture. :-)
Come to think of it, in the last few years I’ve had a few women try to pick up on me at gigs my bands were playing. I’m too enamored with my wife to be susceptible, though I was slightly flattered. It is, frankly, embarrassing.
You see, here’s the deal with Facebook. It’s quick and easy. There is a problem with quick and easy however. It’s not secure. That is why our secrets have been stolen by the Chinese, hackers and such.
We assume there is privacy? Let me phrase this differently. Suppose you take your personal diary and leave it at a Starbucks. You would rightly assume that your deepest personal thoughts have been compromised. When you put your secrets on someone’s file server in who knows what country or soon to be a ship at sea why should you expect any difference.
You are truly stupid if you expect confidentiality in the Ether.
No, you’re not.
I think this goes too far. Way too far.
—LOL! I sense an accelerated security clearance update in your immediate future.—
Naw. The contract fell through. They personally visited my neighbors, my friends, people I went to high school with (and I was 57 at the time). It was nuts. Then I get my clearance, password, secret hand shake. All that stuff.
And the subcontractor that hired me lost the contract for my skill set. I’m actually glad it happened. I’m really done with jobs that require me to be away from home so much.
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