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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  • 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 Ockham View Post
    I agree, they can ask. But they shouldn't expect to receive....
    That's my point. If you disagree tell them NO. If they insist, don't work there. If the job is that important, delete your account.
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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.
    my job in 2010 required credit check, background check, full consumer history, and a urine screen. all of this for a micro / molecular biology lab job.

    not only was it a complete waste of money for them, it was also an invasion of my privacy. to tell you the truth, i wouldn't mind seeing these test banned except in the instance of employees for whom it might actually have some bearing. i.e. drug screen for pilots / OTR truck drivers; financial screens for bank tellers, etc. pulling a complete consumer history for a lab worker is absolutely useless.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    my job in 2010 required credit check, background check, full consumer history, and a urine screen. all of this for a micro / molecular biology lab job.

    not only was it a complete waste of money for them, it was also an invasion of my privacy. to tell you the truth, i wouldn't mind seeing these test banned except in the instance of employees for whom it might actually have some bearing. i.e. drug screen for pilots / OTR truck drivers; financial screens for bank tellers, etc. pulling a complete consumer history for a lab worker is absolutely useless.
    What the hell is a "consumer history"? I've never heard of that one.

    I agree with you, btw.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Seriously why would they need your password? Are they going to log in as you, and post stuff as you?
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    What the hell is a "consumer history"? I've never heard of that one.

    I agree with you, btw.
    i have no clue. the form said "consumer history background check," though, and i was forced to sign it as a condition of employment. i don't know if it's their fancy word for credit check or if they actually wanted to see scans of checks i wrote to the damned grocery store in 1995 or something.

    they didn't even share the results with me, the bastards.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Seriously why would they need your password? Are they going to log in as you, and post stuff as you?
    They log on whenever they want to check your posts ... and those of your friends and associates, too. So even if you don't post about using drugs, but many of your friends do, it's a small step to a special drug screen for you. If you get disgruntled at work, like you really dislike that new boss or think some new girl is hot, they can keep tabs on that, too.

    People have already been fired for posting things about work related issues. No venting about work on-line anymore; best to keep that stuff in your den or kitchen. Some potential employer five years from now might see it and decide not to hire you.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    They log on whenever they want to check your posts ... and those of your friends and associates, too. So even if you don't post about using drugs, but many of your friends do, it's a small step to a special drug screen for you. If you get disgruntled at work, like you really dislike that new boss or think some new girl is hot, they can keep tabs on that, too.

    People have already been fired for posting things about work related issues. No venting about work on-line anymore. Best to keep that stuff in your den, nowadays. Some potential employer five years from now might see it and decide not to hire you.
    But why would they need your password? They can just search your name, and find you. And if it's private well then they don't get to see it. They can't search my house, and look for drugs, why should they be able to look on my private Facebook page and search for stuff. Highly unethical.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    But why would they need your password? They can just search your name, and find you. And if it's private well then they don't get to see it. They can't search my house, and look for drugs, why should they be able to look on my private Facebook page and search for stuff.
    Exactly.


    Highly unethical.
    That's the point of this thread.
    Last edited by MoSurveyor; 04-03-12 at 02:41 PM.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    They log on whenever they want to check your posts ... and those of your friends and associates, too. So even if you don't post about using drugs, but many of your friends do, it's a small step to a special drug screen for you. If you get disgruntled at work, like you really dislike that new boss or think some new girl is hot, they can keep tabs on that, too.

    People have already been fired for posting things about work related issues. No venting about work on-line anymore; best to keep that stuff in your den or kitchen. Some potential employer five years from now might see it and decide not to hire you.
    I never... ever... comment on work-related issues (or people). Good, bad, or indifferent. Period. Never. Ever. I also refuse to have co-workers as online forum 'friends'.

    I will comment on politics... some... but not work.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I never... ever... comment on work-related issues (or people). Good, bad, or indifferent. Period. Never. Ever. I also refuse to have co-workers as online forum 'friends'.

    I will comment on politics... some... but not work.
    Quoting myself...

    I have an online friend who... pretty much every week, several times a week... posts about how much she is looking forward to the weekend, how she hates Mondays, how the work day is dragging so slow, yada yada yada. Essentially, advertising how much she hates her job. I gently suggested she might not want to do that. She blew it off. *sigh*

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