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Colleges, employers ask for Facebook passwords
San Jose Business Journal ^ | 3/6/2012

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at bizjournals.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: employment; facebook; passwords; technology

1 posted on 03/20/2012 7:05:23 AM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

That would be the end of any interest I might have in an employer, a school, or whatever, the conversation would be over.


2 posted on 03/20/2012 7:07:42 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: madison10

Pretty funny. I have two facebook accounts. One is squeaky clean.

Actually I have a third, but it is a fake name. It is a person that is virtual only...


3 posted on 03/20/2012 7:09:02 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: varmintman

No kidding. Do they also ask for the keys to your home so that they can listen to your phone messages, and read your mail?


4 posted on 03/20/2012 7:09:17 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: madison10
Colleges, employers ask for Facebook passwords

So, if your profile picture isn't a picture of you......you can simply say "sorry, I don't have a FB account." That is, IF you want to be so kind. I am not sure I could be.

5 posted on 03/20/2012 7:10:24 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: madison10

Not a bonafied occupational requirement.

Means they can’t ask that question, anymore than they can ask age or religion.


6 posted on 03/20/2012 7:10:59 AM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: madison10

If you tell them you don’t use social media of any type and only use the WWW for surfing or emailing, are you instantly disqualified since they can’t check your facebook/myspace/twitter account? I use none of these nor do I text. Does that make you a suspicious character not to be trusted? Just because you don’t want to share what your dog barfed up this morning or what brand of milk you bought with every troll out there? I see folks so engrossed in their tweeting or texting or facebooking just walking along oblivious to what’s going on around them. Makes for easy targets. Just sayin’.


7 posted on 03/20/2012 7:11:45 AM PDT by rktman
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To: madison10

I wonder if Obama’s spies are in any way involved, or if this is just a really stupid idea that the schools & employers thought up by themselves.

On another subject, I could not delete emails from my Outlook this morning and the first thing I thought was that the admiistration hadn’t finished downloading my emails to their enemies database.

Suddenly the delete began working. Very strange.


8 posted on 03/20/2012 7:11:58 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: madison10

No one needs any job (or academic program) that badly. Sounds like they are looking for evidence of evil, anti-progressive sympathies.


9 posted on 03/20/2012 7:12:20 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: All

I asked this question on the previous thread: is it possible to create a FB account for the sole purpose of giving the middle finger to requests such as this? I don’t have a FB account.


10 posted on 03/20/2012 7:13:48 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: madison10
... Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens said many such school and employer policies appear to violate the site's terms.

Well I guess that makes it VERY wrong then, can't have the Zuckermann getting angry now.

11 posted on 03/20/2012 7:14:45 AM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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To: madison10
Am I the only FReeper that doesn't have a Facebook account?
12 posted on 03/20/2012 7:17:49 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: madison10

College students, employees ask for College president`s and CEO`s Facebook passwords


13 posted on 03/20/2012 7:19:03 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Farcebook??- ?? Who knew?)
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To: Night Hides Not
Nope, I don't have a Facebook account ...

... nor a MySpace account. Nor do I text, twitter, or tweet ...

... or make any other bird noises ...

14 posted on 03/20/2012 7:19:29 AM PDT by BlueLancer (KOMEN PINK: The color of the water in the basin after Pilate finished washing his hands)
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To: rktman

It appears your thoughts on social networking are about like mine.

Serious waste of time. Just the idea of twitter not to mention the name itself, makes me want to hurl. Texting the same. My thoughts on texting! A nice method of locating a lost soul in a blizzard when the battery won’t sustain voice.


15 posted on 03/20/2012 7:19:51 AM PDT by wita
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To: cuban leaf

I also have three. One is the real me (in your face and NOT pc). Another is for work (yes, I’m required to have it for an additional duty I have). The third is a virtual person (friends with my daughter to keep tabs on her).


16 posted on 03/20/2012 7:20:02 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: madison10

Do as Nancy Reagan says and just say no.


17 posted on 03/20/2012 7:20:48 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: 1rudeboy

Was this the other thread you mentioned? Just curious what the other thread about facebook title was.

A ‘Halal’ Version of Facebook Coming Soon

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2861060/posts


18 posted on 03/20/2012 7:21:05 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: madison10

If my employer want to see my Facebook account, I hope he/she enjoys reading my posts about:

1) My rants about Syracuse losing Fab Melo for the tournament.
2) How much I enjoy Jim Boeheim’s rants during a press conference
3) My wife and I agreeing that Sarah Palin is not just hot but would make a great president.
4) Pictures of me flipping the bird to Georgetown fans.
5) My daily comments agreeing with posts by Walter Williams.
6) Comments on why I prefer Glock handguns over anything else
7) Comments of me crash talking with Carolina fans
8) Wishing my gay cousin Happy Birthday and congratulations on his gay engagement(ugh)
9) Comments about how the hot girls from high school are 20 years later Rosanne Barr look-a-likes
10) Comments on How much I just LOVE my job!!


19 posted on 03/20/2012 7:21:33 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Irenic
Next thing will be a requirement to let them see the inside of your underware, to see how clean you are...

20 posted on 03/20/2012 7:23:07 AM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Whenifhow
There looks to be three, now . . . under a search for facebook+password.

Click here.

21 posted on 03/20/2012 7:25:38 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: madison10

This falls under the “If you have nothing to hide, there is nothing to worry about citizen.


22 posted on 03/20/2012 7:27:28 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Brass, copper, lead. The new precious metals.)
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


23 posted on 03/20/2012 7:29:55 AM PDT by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: madison10

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.


24 posted on 03/20/2012 7:33:21 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Night Hides Not

>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.


25 posted on 03/20/2012 7:34:23 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Night Hides Not

No.


26 posted on 03/20/2012 7:35:05 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: madison10

Not surprising in a country where people urinate on command for a job.


27 posted on 03/20/2012 7:35:15 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


28 posted on 03/20/2012 7:35:55 AM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: rktman
If you tell them you don’t use social media of any type and only use the WWW for surfing or emailing, are you instantly disqualified since they can’t check your facebook/myspace/twitter account?

I would think you would have some 'splaing to do, and probably be classifed as being somewhat anti-social no matter what you said.

29 posted on 03/20/2012 7:36:52 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: 1rudeboy

https://getcocoon.com/features

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.


30 posted on 03/20/2012 7:41:28 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: madison10

Is anyone seriously surprised by this? For the average user the internet has never been private.


31 posted on 03/20/2012 7:41:38 AM PDT by vortigern
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To: madison10

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.


32 posted on 03/20/2012 7:45:06 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: cuban leaf
"Pretty funny. I have two facebook accounts. One is squeaky clean."

Even funnier: Game over. You're busted now.
I know of a certain agency of the U.S. government that uses a highly effective technique in vetting prospective employees. Better than snooping into someone's decoy Facebook account. Seemingly idle warm up chat leading to the interview elicits your responses to such things as your favorite haunts (restaurants, bars, etc.). 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.
33 posted on 03/20/2012 7:46:47 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey

—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...


34 posted on 03/20/2012 7:50:26 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: PowderMonkey

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.


35 posted on 03/20/2012 7:55:19 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: madison10

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.


36 posted on 03/20/2012 7:58:38 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Night Hides Not

No, you’re not.


37 posted on 03/20/2012 7:59:15 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: cuban leaf
"Actually, I was just vetted by the FDIC last year..."

LOL! I sense an accelerated security clearance update in your immediate future.
38 posted on 03/20/2012 8:00:00 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: madison10

I think this goes too far. Way too far.


39 posted on 03/20/2012 8:03:47 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: PowderMonkey

—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.


40 posted on 03/20/2012 8:05:37 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Puppage
I'm stuck, I really don't have a FB account.

Who would believe that???

41 posted on 03/20/2012 8:08:05 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1155 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: cuban leaf
"Then I get my clearance, password, secret hand shake. All that stuff."

What? No magic decoder ring? I got mine after the men in black came through the neighborhood and terrified all of our neighbors, asking questions about me.
42 posted on 03/20/2012 8:12:42 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: null and void
I'm stuck, I really don't have a FB account.

What's there to be stuck on? It's a pretty self explanatory statement, yes?

Who would believe that???

I couldn't care less who believes it....it happens to be true. I don't have HBO either.

43 posted on 03/20/2012 8:20:07 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: PowderMonkey

—I got mine after the men in black came through the neighborhood and terrified all of our neighbors, asking questions about me.—

I...don’t...remember... There was this flash and then...


44 posted on 03/20/2012 8:20:34 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf
I...don’t...remember... There was this flash and then...

The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

45 posted on 03/20/2012 8:30:34 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Brass, copper, lead. The new precious metals.)
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To: PowderMonkey
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.

I try to hide my true "lonely stalker" character when meeting an attractive woman. The last thing I want is for her to see my true character if I think I have a chance with her. :-) And as for "favorite haunts" I would be very surprised to see her just plop down on my couch with some nachos and a beer.

46 posted on 03/20/2012 8:40:21 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: cuban leaf
Actually, I was just vetted by the FDIC last year...

Do you regularly cheat on your taxes? Would you like a higher level job in the Department of Treasury... maybe even the Secretary?

47 posted on 03/20/2012 8:44:28 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: PowderMonkey

“......I know of a certain agency of the U.S. government that uses a highly effective technique in vetting prospective employees. Better than snooping into someone’s decoy Facebook account. Seemingly idle warm up chat leading to the interview elicits your responses to such things as your favorite haunts (restaurants, bars, etc.). 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.
*********************************************************
Wow, most of the US Govt Agencies I’m familiar with are MAINLY interested in your gender, race, ethnicity and whether you’re a member of a “protected class”. “True character” would be an after thought at best—probably right down as a low priority along with actual competency.


48 posted on 03/20/2012 8:52:45 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: BlueLancer

I don’t trust Facebook. I reluctantly started a page with a pseudonym 2 years ago just so I could visit and post on Mark Levin’s FB page. I don’t have any friends or belong to any groups. And that’s the way I like it!


49 posted on 03/20/2012 3:20:44 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: 1rudeboy

All three are allowed due to the fact they are from different sources. :)


50 posted on 03/21/2012 12:50:58 PM PDT by madison10
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