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Wed Mar 21, 2012, 06:43 PM

Employers asking for Facebook passwords

Employers asking for Facebook passwords

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.
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When Robert Collins returned from a leave of absence from his job as a security guard with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in 2010, he was asked for his Facebook login and password during a reinstatement interview, purportedly so the agency could check for any gang affiliations. (The Associated Press)

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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http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120321/GUARDIAN/120329906/-1/entertainment?Title=Employers-asking-for-Facebook-passwords

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Reply Employers asking for Facebook passwords (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2012 OP
Taverner Mar 2012 #1
Initech Mar 2012 #2
IDemo Mar 2012 #8
Initech Mar 2012 #13
niyad Mar 2012 #23
TeamsterDem Mar 2012 #3
Taverner Mar 2012 #5
ZombieHorde Mar 2012 #12
Drale Mar 2012 #4
woo me with science Mar 2012 #17
Drale Mar 2012 #22
gopiscrap Mar 2012 #6
Whisp Mar 2012 #7
TheMastersNemesis Mar 2012 #9
Whisp Mar 2012 #10
anti-alec Mar 2012 #11
Joseph8th Mar 2012 #20
Swede Atlanta Mar 2012 #14
TheMastersNemesis Mar 2012 #15
rucky Mar 2012 #16
woo me with science Mar 2012 #18
Joseph8th Mar 2012 #19
Johonny Mar 2012 #21

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 06:45 PM

1. Just say NO!!

 

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Response to Taverner (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 06:47 PM

2. Or get a dummy e-mail address and setup a fake account.

Do I have to think of everything?

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Response to Initech (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 07:07 PM

8. Or, if you're like me, don't create a Facebook account to begin with

But it seems I'm among the last fifty people on the planet not to...

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Response to IDemo (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 07:45 PM

13. I'm gonna delete mine and use Google Plus instead

Although I'm not sure that's any better.

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Response to IDemo (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 10:49 PM

23. you are not the only one. I have refused to get one, and certainly would not now.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 06:48 PM

3. Join a union. They can't ask us for that. :) nt

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Response to TeamsterDem (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 06:54 PM

5. DING DING DING WE HAVE A WINNER!!

 

Shit, my industry should have unionized in the 90s, when we still called the shots...

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Response to Taverner (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 07:30 PM

12. Pfft. We all know you are part of the cyber ninja industry,

and cyber ninjas never called the shots.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 06:50 PM

4. I believe this is a violation of the Facebook terms

They tell you not to give your password to anyone. I wonder if Facebook will come out against this bullshit?

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Response to Drale (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 09:19 PM

17. Good point.

It needs to be opposed on principle, though, not just because the corporation says so.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #17)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 10:41 PM

22. O I agree but

it never hurts to have a corporation on your side.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 06:59 PM

6. Get a law passed in each state

that would make it illegal for a prospective or current employer to request or demand such info..then go for a statute under the federal privacy act to include this prohibition. If state lawmakers refuse, then go for a referendum or initiative.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 07:03 PM

7. Nance Greggs says it best. None of your goddamned business.

seems to apply to a lot more than old ugly men gazing at women's reproductive systems.

http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2012/03/20/fyi-gop/

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 07:13 PM

9. Work At Will

Most work in the country is "work at will". That means the employer owns you and you have few rights as a worker. In today's environment is it going to be very difficult to get worker protection laws passed. The Department of Labor has been cut so much it is pretty ineffective as an enforcer now. This is particularly true at the state and local level. 600,000 public sector jobs have been lost and this fact effects everything. Also many enforcement agencies were staffed with right wingers by Bush and they are still running things in many ways.

I worked at DOL for 24 years and watched the labor and employment sector being degraded year by year in favor of employers through deregulation and eroding administrative operations that actually are the machinery of enforcement. My take is that employers have almost free run already to do what they want. Many public workers are now intimidated to do what they are allowed to do by law. The civil service system is under attack and the GOP want to be able to appoint all position based on party. That is patronage. So public employees are hamstrung.

The GOP meme about reducing government is ending all regulation of business. It is "laissez faire" on steroids.

Workers are kind of screwed on this issue you cannot refuse and if you have a fake account it is automatic dismissal if it is discovered. Give the GOP power and corporations will be able to rule your live with impunity. Welcome to the brave new world of slavery in the 21st century.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 07:27 PM

10. which is like they asking to come to your home and open your mail

or you don't qualify for the job. fuck'em.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 07:29 PM

11. He can have mine.

 

I have stopped Facebooking a long time ago.

It does not exist anymore for me.

My mother has the right idea, "Never post what you don't want to tell the world".

I keep my life private, and if it means no social media (I don't even Twitter)

So be it.

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Response to anti-alec (Reply #11)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 09:27 PM

20. Similarly...

 

...I have several.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 07:47 PM

14. This should be unlawful but....

 

we know there is a pro-business bias in many, many states. I have no issue with employers imposing a non-disparagement clause in an employment agreement, i.e. employees do not post public-facing negative statements or opinions about their employer. This cannot, however, apply to private communications such as an e-mail or a text.

But above that, an employer should not be allowed to pre-condition employment on access to and review of a prospective employee's social networking, e-mail or other personal accounts.

If they want that level of information let them hire a private detective to use whatever means he/she has in disclosing potentially unfavorable information about the candidate.

I would absolutely tell them to Cheney themselves if they asked me. Unfortunately today with so many people out of work, many people are going to do this because they have no choice.

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Response to Swede Atlanta (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 08:59 PM

15. I Agree

I agree that the employer should not have the info. The sad part is that the voting public has voted itself into this corner with the general anti union, antilabor and even antigovernment attitude. They have allowed the business community to have free reign because they won't vote for politicians who support unions or labor rights.

The allow the GOP frame on such issues to get them to vote against themselves. I run into a lot of people who think that pushing for a fair wage is too communistic and anti business. There is so much disconnected logic around that I cannot keep track of it.

The GOP uses so much code word formations that people get confused. It is like the bubbling whales do to confuse fish they are about to eat. Low information voters don't know which way to go. They fall for the trap every time.

I have said for over thirty years the loss of freedom will not come from government but from corporations and business.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 09:06 PM

16. If you're in that situation, make sure your religion and marital status is on your profile.

then you have a case against them if you don't get hired.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 09:20 PM

18. When you are owned by a corporation,

you are owned by a corporation. K&R


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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 09:26 PM

19. I'd set up a fake account...

 

... and populate it with terrible terrible terrible things. Just for fun. Then tell them they can suck an egg.

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Response to Joseph8th (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 10:17 PM

21. with the fake password "gotohell"

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