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

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

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I have a serious problem with it, as employment should be based on job performance, and not on personal life issues.
    I agree with this but I have to wonder what you think about an employer or potential employer looking up your credit rating? Seems like the same thing to me, yet it's done all the time.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    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.
    Actively and purposely dicking with fellow citizens by skirting the intent of our own laws. It seems you're pretty proud of this. That's actually more repugnant than simply asking for a password. At least the asking for a password is above board and intellectually honest.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    I agree with this but I have to wonder what you think about an employer or potential employer looking up your credit rating? Seems like the same thing to me, yet it's done all the time.
    Yes, I feel the same way about any invasion of privacy as a requirement for a job. Employment should be based on job performance, qualifications, and work history.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    An employer should be able to ask for anything they want. It's their Job.
    I agree, they can ask. But they shouldn't expect to receive....
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post
    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.
    They may very well believe that you're lying... and deny you the job because of that.


    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post
    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.
    Bingo! Quote of the Day!


    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    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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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    I agree with this but I have to wonder what you think about an employer or potential employer looking up your credit rating? Seems like the same thing to me, yet it's done all the time.
    Allegedly, people with bad credit are more prone to steal from the company... IOW bad credit = bad people.

    IF a person has access to the company bank account, and has the access to potentially embezzle large sums, I can see some correlation. A bookkeeper or accountant, for example. Debt issues might provoke theft. Might.

    Any other person? Even a lowly cashier asking if you want fries with your order? Absolutely unjustifiable.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Actively and purposely dicking with fellow citizens by skirting the intent of our own laws. It seems you're pretty proud of this. That's actually more repugnant than simply asking for a password. At least the asking for a password is above board and intellectually honest.
    At least they're PAYING to invade your privacy instead of demanding you allow them to do it for free.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    if existing laws don't render this practice illegal, new laws should.
    I agree completely. I won't work for someone who simply wants to invade my personal life. Let's keep it strictly professional.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    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.

    You're a fool.
    Absolutely.
    Expanding on this a little bit...

    I don't put much stock or faith in Facebook's (or anybody's) privacy settings. To me it's no different than putting a lock on your front door. It will only keep people out that don't care enough to figure it out. It will NOT keep people out that are determined to get in.

    Hence, you ALWAYS need to be mindful of what you post, even when you think only chosen people will see it.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Allegedly, people with bad credit are more prone to steal from the company... IOW bad credit = bad people.

    IF a person has access to the company bank account, and has the access to potentially embezzle large sums, I can see some correlation. A bookkeeper or accountant, for example. Debt issues might provoke theft. Might.

    Any other person? Even a lowly cashier asking if you want fries with your order? Absolutely unjustifiable.
    I'm sorry, those explanations might have been significant two decades ago but anyone can be hit with identity theft, which virtually destroys your credit rating (among many other things).

    I'm with lizzie, here. Employment should only be contingent on qualifications, work history/recommendations, and job performance. An employee's private life should be just that. To me it's a very simple arrangement;
    I don't bring my private life to work and my employer stays out of my life when I'm not at work.
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