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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    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    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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    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
    If it isn't already illegal then it should be made illegal. There should be a whole bunch of privacy invasions that should be illegal for an employer to do. There might be a bunch of potential employees who will refuse to submit their passwords but just like drug tests and other invasions of privacy there is a enough who will submit to them that will made it standard practice in the work place.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If it isn't already illegal then it should be made illegal. There should be a whole bunch of privacy invasions that should be illegal for an employer to do. There might be a bunch of potential employees who will refuse to submit their passwords but just like drug tests and other invasions of privacy there is a enough who will submit to them that will made it standard practice in the work place.
    Unfortunately, I believe this to be correct.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    A competent investigative firm can find out whatever a person has posted on Facebook or other social media as well as criminal and financial background. The ones we use are not USA based and not subject to USA law. We only hear yeah or nay on the person and our fingerprints are not even on it.

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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
    An interesting aside, how would this practice affect me, a person who doesn't do facebook or any other social media sitesn
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    Could I be denied empoyment for NOT having a facebook account for them to examine?

    I've never used commercial credit so my credit score is actually zero. And my insistence on only spending money I HAVE is now considered a valid reason to deny me employment.
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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
    The way I look at things like this is that until an employer pays me for twenty four hours a day 7 days a week, what I do during the time they're not paying me is none of their damn business.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    I have a serious problem with it, as employment should be based on job performance, and not on personal life issues.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    It's a violation of Facebook's terms of service to give out your password to your employer, iirc. Iirc, that's what Facebook came out and said not tat long ago.
    Unfortunately ...

    Facebook: No plans to sue employers asking for your password | ZDNet
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    An employer should be able to ask for anything they want. It's their Job.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    I've already commented on this thread that, as much as I don't think we need anymore laws, I think it should be illegal to ask for someone's Facebook password in order to get hired...or to ask to view their page. It's nothing more than blackmail, in my opinion.

    Having said that, I want to comment on something else. When you post on Facebook under your real name, you should have absolutely no expectation of privacy. None. If you post something on Facebook, it's out there for "the duration," hell, eternity for all we know. Your BFF today? Maybe tomorrow notsomuch. You post something on your Facebook that would jeopardize your job or something you don't want certain people to know? Good luck with that.

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