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 radcen View Post
    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*
    And it may not matter, now with her current employer. Five years from now it might. It's an invasion of privacy, plain and simple.

    All that will come of this is people will quit blowing off steam about work and, eventually, someone will go on a shooting spree because of it. Everyone has to have an outlet. This kind of flagrant intrusion just makes matters worse but short-sighted employers don't care. They're too stupid to see the big picture.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    I think it is already illegal depending if your account is private or not. My account is private and so an expectation of privacy exist even from an employer. If it was public, then no such expectation exist.

    PS: Since my account is private it does not come up in a search anyway. So I can just say I don't have one. End of story.
    I've heard that people without a facebook account get passed over. They don't even ask. They just FB search for your name. If you don't come up, you're not hired. It's Bull**** of the highest order.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    I've heard that people without a facebook account get passed over. They don't even ask. They just FB search for your name. If you don't come up, you're not hired. It's Bull**** of the highest order.
    Which really makes one question the whole point behind the asking. Seems they just want to be nosy under the guise of something else.

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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
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    I've heard that people without a facebook account get passed over. They don't even ask. They just FB search for your name. If you don't come up, you're not hired. It's Bull**** of the highest order.
    How do you propose to change this? No internet searches before hire law?
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    How do you propose to change this? No internet searches before hire law?
    My solution is if an interviewer asks me for a Facebook password, I redecorate his office. If he gives me any lip about it... I remodel it.

    If more people would just stop putting up with this ****, fewer companies would try it.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane
    I've heard that people without a facebook account get passed over. They don't even ask. They just FB search for your name. If you don't come up, you're not hired. It's Bull**** of the highest order.
    That reeks of monopolistic practices, since it would require you to have Facebook to be eligible for employment.

    Frankly, I would love for an employer to try this with me, because I'm a guaranteed hire. You start screaming discrimination or Fourth Amendment violation, they'll throw a lot of money your way to shut you up.

    These days, I'm down for anything in almost any way to take power away from the employer and put it with the (potential) employee. Let the sword of Damocles sweat them a little. Vengeful, yes, but I think it's warranted these days, and proper payback for many. I grow tired of employers making people jump through hoops simply because they can.

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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
    Depends on the job.

    I don't think a new law needs to be made, to prevent this.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    My solution is if an interviewer asks me for a Facebook password, I redecorate his office. If he gives me any lip about it... I remodel it.

    If more people would just stop putting up with this ****, fewer companies would try it.
    These companies do not need all,most or some of these people to put up with it.All they need is just a handful of people to put up with it and becomes standard practice amongst all businesses. So you need everybody to not put up with it,but seeing how that is not a option we need a law criminalizing this sort of ****.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    These companies do not need all,most or some of these people to put up with it.All they need is just a handful of people to put up with it and becomes standard practice amongst all businesses. So you need everybody to not put up with it,but seeing how that is not a option we need a law criminalizing this sort of ****.
    You're right. In this particular economic climate, with hundreds of job applicants for every job, next thing you know people will be adding their Facebook password to their resumes.
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