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

    The way I understand it this started with hiring cops. I can see the logic in that but not for any other job except maybe teachers. You don't want a racist cop or a sex perv teacher.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    One should be able to , or simply just say "none of your damned business" !
    Of course, many upper management positions are most sensitive, the company must have ways of protecting themselves..
    Then why can't they ask to review my private mail or email? If my account is private, it is just that.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    The way I understand it this started with hiring cops. I can see the logic in that but not for any other job except maybe teachers. You don't want a racist cop or a sex perv teacher.
    It does not matter what kind of job it is, people have a right to privacy. A job no matter how important cannot look into your private mail, phone calls or even email. So why would a private Facebook account be any different?
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    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.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Why should they need, or want your password? What are they going to do, start messaging people as you?
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    I picked "It's poor judgment on the part of the employers, but doesn't need to be illegal", as that pretty much sums up my overall feelings, but... on this issue I would not protest at all if a law were passed making it illegal.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    The way I understand it this started with hiring cops. I can see the logic in that but not for any other job except maybe teachers. You don't want a racist cop or a sex perv teacher.
    IMO, there's no need even for cops.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    My No.3 wish is that all SNS, Facebook, Twitter, and all such garbage would just suddenly disappear without a trace, so that some people can just have a little peace of the mind, hearing about such trash in newspapers, TV, and in the internet, even though they don't take part and have no wish to take part on said sites
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    I would be fine if they wanted me to show them my facebook page, so I would not have to give them my password. But aside from one person, no one will ever know my password.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    IMO, there's no need even for cops.

    I am not saying there is an absolute need to do this with cops and teachers, I am only saying I can see the logic with these two professions. With the vast majority of jobs I can see no reason to invade a potential employees private life, non whatsoever. On the other hand now that I think about it, what is more invasive, looking at your face book or some nurse watching you pee in a cup so your private bodily fluids can be tested?

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