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Job applicants asked to turn over their Facebook passwords
New York Daily News ^ | Shannon McFarland

Posted on 03/20/2012 7:18:33 AM PDT by bjorn14

When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.

Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn’t see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.

Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn’t want to work for a company that would seek such personal information. But as the job market steadily improves, other job candidates are confronting the same question from prospective employers, and some of them cannot afford to say no.

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To: Tzar

Wait until Facebook sues these employers for tortious interference. Employers making public that they are demanding such information in violation of the Terms of Use, read: Licensing, of Facebook can harm Facebook the company as people refuse to use the service, giving Facebook the right to claim damages from interference by these companies between Facebook and its customers.

The information collected by Facebook is also private property of Facebook. The data is highly valuable and the company demanding rights to it is theft.

Also, any copyrighted materials on Facebook placed there by the candidate is also compromised when the company demands access to it. That is a violation of copyright law.

There are all kinds of Intellectual Property rights issues with demanding access to private electronic accounts these company HR bimbos don’t know or think about.

181 posted on 03/20/2012 4:35:38 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: CodeToad
...lay claim to the mine that is no longer being used and re-open it...

Great, wonderful Idea!! Now that you are the owner, are you going hire everybody on their word and resume?

Or - are you going to:
"... want to know A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y EVERYTHING about that candidate [that you] can POSSIBLY know."?

182 posted on 03/20/2012 4:47:21 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: CodeToad

You can build strawmen and spin fantasies like no freeper I’ve ever known! I’m impressed. I counted no fewer than seven in the last round of puke you spewed.

Sucks to be an incompetent wanker at the mercy of a demanding world, doesn’t it? Like I said, if you find employers so evil, get off your lazy bitchy ass and start your OWN endeavor.

But you can’t, can you? That would take effort, skill, guts, and hard work, and your current account is a bit short on all of those, isn’t it?

Although you accuse everyone who doesn’t agree with you of being a *liberal*, the reality is you’re much more at home with that 99% Occupy Something Someone Else Struggled To Build commie crowd. Because — by Gawd, you are so ENTITLED to your fantasy!

FOAD, wanker TOAD.

183 posted on 03/20/2012 4:47:51 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick

What are you 12?? You sound like a juvenile little kid.

184 posted on 03/20/2012 4:53:26 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: bjorn14; a fool in paradise

Sure, Shirley, they can have my Facebook password. They can have my Bunny Teens password, too!

185 posted on 03/20/2012 4:54:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: CodeToad

Nice try. As I recall, they term that tactic “projection”.

By the way, you need a comma between “you” and “12” to form a proper English sentence. Maybe you should have repeated that grade.

186 posted on 03/20/2012 5:00:15 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: CodeToad

Reading an article that a company has the right to “wipe” your personal phone

Also, my cousin told me had to agree to GPS tracking (not the portable kind but hardwired into his engine)on his PERSONAL truck or he would be fired. It was a new company policy and applied to everyone in the company—not just him. this means they can track him 24/7 if they want to and it is perfectly legal. (barf)

Where will this end? It is extremely frightening!

187 posted on 03/20/2012 5:25:01 PM PDT by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: mom4kittys

Does you cousin drive for the company in any way, such as errands?

188 posted on 03/20/2012 5:27:41 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: CodeToad

yes but not 24/7 and there is no way to turn it off when he is not working

189 posted on 03/20/2012 5:30:11 PM PDT by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: apillar
entire books will be written and web sites will be created on how to create the perfect dummy facebook page.

Brilliant! A new growth industry.

190 posted on 03/20/2012 5:34:51 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: mom4kittys

My wife has a fleet vehicle as she drives 25,000 miles a year for the company. They don’t require GPS. They give her the car and pay everything for it; gas, insurance, lease costs, maintenance, car washes, etc. She is even to drive it on the weekends for personal use and they even pay for the gas. For that, she is taxed $30/month State and federal for the benefit. They do it right. It probably costs the company an extra $1,000/year for her to drive it personally, but they more than make up for it through savings in simplified financial accounting and asset management costs. The company is also a CPA firm so they really know their accounting.

Those companies that are penny wise and Pound foolish usually suffer. Competition is getting tighter by the day. Those companies that act badly won’t be around much longer. People are simply tired of putting up with it.

193 posted on 03/20/2012 5:57:51 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: CodeToad

That sounds like a great company to work for.

194 posted on 03/20/2012 6:11:24 PM PDT by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: bjorn14
The smart candidate would gently remind the hiring company that they would be asking the candidate to violate the terms of agreement with Facebook by revealing their password to third parties who would then also be in violation of Facebook by logging into an account not their own.

The smart candidate would ask the hiring company if that is what they'd like their employees to do with company passwords, and if not, then what makes them think it's okay to ask others to do the same?


195 posted on 03/20/2012 6:16:58 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

As long as my bosses are willing to turn over the annual employee reviews their supervisors gave them for the past 5 years so I know the sort of anal retentive prying boss I may soon be working for.

196 posted on 03/20/2012 6:22:37 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Some jobs aren’t worth having.

197 posted on 03/20/2012 9:18:27 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: motor_racer; Repeat Offender
I know you didn't ask me, but to address your post: To which the employer replies:

“Prove to me that you aren’t lying.”


“No Facebook page? What are you hiding?”
"An outwardly dull life of my own with no ambition to serve as a non-chemical narcoleptic agent for free to total strangers."

I guess that's one I'll be facing soon as I hope to find better/additional employment, so I'd best practice. Google me if you wanna prove the negative, Mr. Prospective Employer. How'm I to prive a negative when you can do it yourself?

I don't 'get' the whole FB (and other social media) phenomena. If I'm doing something interesting I'm too busy DOING to type about it, and most of the people I care for already know 'cause they were there, too.

Or, heh, they're reading what my screen personna wrote.
198 posted on 03/21/2012 6:58:09 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Nervous Tick
I say your claim that *anyone* who gives up their password *automatically* renders themselves untrustworthy and unemployable is dogmatic, high-handed, and absurd; you say otherwise. Please stick to the argument, ‘k?

That's correct. We have a difference of opinion on the subject -- that doesn't make me dogmatic or wrong.

It's a dangerous slippery slope -- applicants already provide a lot of personal data to prospective employer, but there has to be some limit. Where does the line get drawn?

"Mr. Smith, we're please that you came to our interview today. In order to proceed, I need your Facebook and Google+ passwords so I can examine your private profiles."

Later... "Well, so far everything checks out. While Clarice shows you around, please leave your cell phone behind so we can look through your call, text, and photo logs. Don't forget to leave a list of passwords for any apps you currently have installed, and your store password so we can look over your app purchase history."

Still later... "Did you enjoy the tour? We still have some questions, so Gary here will accompany you home so you can let him dig into all of your computer files. After that he'll want to rummage through your mail, look in your drawers and closets (and under your bed), and read any personal diaries, journals, or logs you might keep. Then we'll need a copy of your bank statements for the last three months to look for suspicious... Mr. Smith? Are you going?"

Seriously, is someone who is going to comply with all of that really going to be a better employee than someone who puts their foot down early and say, "no, that's not information that's necessary or relevant"? I say the latter would be more likely to be a good employee than the former. As a prospective employee, an employer who demands that sort of information isn't going to be good employer.

And for this, I'm "dogmatic"? No, just correct.

199 posted on 03/21/2012 7:19:58 AM PDT by kevkrom (Note to self: proofread, then post. It's better that way.)
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To: mom4kittys
I order to apply for a job you have to put your SSN and birthdate on hte application so they have this info before they make an offer or reject you anyway.

Typically, that info is for verification purposes and not requested until a job offer has been made.

200 posted on 03/21/2012 7:41:48 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Quit poking holes in the life raft!)
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