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

    11 25.58%
  • 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

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    I would not be considered an employer, not even by the tax code. But what I asked was would YOU (not the law) think it okay for me to require a facebook login and password if I was going to pay a person to clean MY PERSONAL HOME. As in do you think the person should be able to sue me over it.
    Will you be treating them as a potential employee or as a private contractor?
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Mt. Rushmore: Three surveyors and some other guy.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Still won't stop them from peepin your posts. Best bet is to be like me, and have a ridiculously generic name.
    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 MoSurveyor View Post
    I hope other states follow suite.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    If an employer asks for your Facebook password, and you give it to him, in my opinion you have just invaded the privacy of all of your Facebook Friends. What right do you have to do that? I belong to a Private Group on Facebook that relates to Tom's son's efforts to adopt a child from China . . . pictures of the baby, heart-felt stories, etc. What right do I have to give out my password so some complete stranger can invade their privacy without their consent?

    I don't like new laws. I think we've got plenty of laws. But I also think we need this one. It's in invasion of privacy.

    In the meantime, anyone looking for a job should get SMART. Set their Facebook options to Private. And tell their prospective or current employers they don't have a Facebook account.
    No new laws are needed for this. Employers or potential employers do not have the right to look through any of your personal accounts. Emails, cell phones, any of it. Actually I should amend this to say they may ask but do not have the right to base action on you not giving your personal account info to them. employers who are doing this are beyond stupid, or feel they are hiring people beyond stupid and dare to ask this of them. In any case, no one needs to give out their private info, and if an employer takes action against you because you did not offer it up, they will regret it immensely if a decent lawyer is hired.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    I don't get why it matters to employers that much.

    I don't give a **** what you do in your personal life - I hire you own to work for me and within the confines of my business; what you do at home or online is your business. As long as you do your job, do it well, and don't drag your personal life into work we'll get along fine.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Sorry, but this is really frustrating.

    Employers need to keep their noses out of our Facebook accounts!

    Who the hell do these people think they are, and what business is it of theirs to have your password?

    /rant.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Aren't they just asking for your password? If you give it up wouldn't that still be your fault?

    Not that I agree with asking for someones password now.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by 00timh View Post
    No new laws are needed for this. Employers or potential employers do not have the right to look through any of your personal accounts. Emails, cell phones, any of it. Actually I should amend this to say they may ask but do not have the right to base action on you not giving your personal account info to them. employers who are doing this are beyond stupid, or feel they are hiring people beyond stupid and dare to ask this of them. In any case, no one needs to give out their private info, and if an employer takes action against you because you did not offer it up, they will regret it immensely if a decent lawyer is hired.
    Right now employers or potential employers can ask for it and can fire you or just not hire you if you say no or don't like what they see on your FB. IE they do have that Right right now. For the simple fact that there is nothing to stop them from doing so. After all, an employee is expendable and replaceable. There are millions of people that are looking for work, thousands with the right qualifications if its a high end job.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Aren't they just asking for your password? If you give it up wouldn't that still be your fault?

    Not that I agree with asking for someones password now.
    There are people that will give it simply because they NEED a job. So while yeah, technically it is their fault it kind of isn't either as the employer is taking advantage of a persons bad situation and using it. Employers have the mentality that everyone is replaceable. And they are right. Everyone IS replaceable with an unemployment rate of 8.2% national average. And there will always be an unemployment number.
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