View Poll Results: Should it be illegal for employers to ask for Facebook passwords?

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  • This is already illegal, covered under existing anti-discrimination laws

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  • We need new legislation to make this illegal

    17 39.53%
  • It's poor judgment on the part of the employers, but doesn't need to be illegal

    13 30.23%
  • It should be legal, so that employers can conduct a thorough background check

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    It should be illegal in all forms, pass new legislation as soon as possible. But really if an employer asked me to give them a facebook password I would just erase the thing temporarily.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Somebody asks me for a password to anything personal like that, and I'm going to respond accordingly:

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Justice For All View Post
    It should be illegal in all forms, pass new legislation as soon as possible. But really if an employer asked me to give them a facebook password I would just erase the thing temporarily.
    Like for the logic of erasing it. Not for the laws against it.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    I foresee facebook dealing with a lot of fake accounts in the future....
    I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    As some of you may have heard, some employers are starting to ask their employees or potential employees for their Facebook passwords, in order to "do a background check" on them. Some have implemented this practice as a condition for employment, a condition for promotion, or even as a condition to not be fired. Obviously this is a huge invasion of privacy, but it also seems to walk a very fine line when it comes to existing anti-discrimination laws. If a potential employer browsed someone's Facebook, they could find out a lot more than their drinking habits...they could reasonably be expected to find out the person's religion, race, sexual orientation, whether they are expecting a child, what their political views on unions are, etc.

    Is this really a road that we should go down? Do we need legislation preventing this? What happens if an employer views someone's Facebook, sees that they're a member of a group typically associated with a certain race (e.g. NAACP or ADL or La Raza), and then decides not to hire them? Who knows if that was the actual reason they weren't hired, but I think the person could reasonably make the claim that they were discriminated against.

    And here is a great resignation letter from a man who had to ask potential employees for their Facebook passwords before he could hire them: I hereby resign - raganwald's posterous
    I completely agree with you. Facebook is not just another place to socialize, it's a window to the soul -- like a journal. The person who thought up this little piece of privacy invasion, should be shot.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
    I completely agree with you. Facebook is not just another place to socialize, it's a window to the soul -- like a journal. The person who thought up this little piece of privacy invasion, should be shot.
    I disagree. If an employer looked at my facebook account, all he would find out is that I love Judas Priest, I talk a lot of ****, I love my firearms, and that I'm probably an alcoholic. I live in Texas, so it's all good.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Lokiate View Post
    I disagree. If an employer looked at my facebook account, all he would find out is that I love Judas Priest, I talk a lot of ****, I love my firearms, and that I'm probably an alcoholic. I live in Texas, so it's all good.
    But that's your Facebook experience. It's a whole lot more for others.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
    But that's your Facebook experience. It's a whole lot more for others.
    I happen to think it's stupid to bear ones soul for all to see on the internet. You're just going to get trolled, and be called a "fag" in most cases. The internet is unrelenting in its judgment.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    My facebook profile would just show that I'm old and have lots of grandkids and great-grandkids I adore... however, that is none of a potential employer's business. We need a law that clearly states that this is an invasion of privacy.

    If my profile is set to be public, I put material on my wall that reflects negatively on my employable and the company researches FaceBook (or other social networking sites) and finds it, that is my bad. However, to compel me to give my password to an employer so they can access information I have set not to be available to everyone is every bit as unconstitutional as demanding a key to my house to look around.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Hell, this should be illegal for no other reason than they will find out extremely personal information about other people, friends and family. The idea is ridiculous.
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