View Poll Results: Should it be illegal for employers to ask for Facebook passwords?

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Right to be safe and secure against unreasonable search etc. If the police can't do it without a warrant, why the heck should an employer?
    Because the employer is a private person, e.g. any corporation.

    Well with any job a public display of something questionable can get you fired. Like a teacher doing porn and the pictures being on the internet. Or a police officer getting arrested for drunk driving. This has nothing to do with an invasion of your privacy.
    Or the employer discovering you are not the right kind of Christian. Right?

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    [QUOTE=OhIsee.Then;1060359762]Because the employer is a private person, e.g. any corporation.

    Can a private corporation or entity monitor your phone voice mail or open your mail? No, it is a felony. Why would my private Facebook account be any different?

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    [COLOR="#0000CD"]Or the employer discovering you are not the right kind of Christian. Right?
    Right kind of Christian? You mean a Catholic church not wanting to hire a Protestant of something of that nature? That is not an invasion of privacy. Opening someones private messages is.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Right to be safe and secure against unreasonable search etc. If the police can't do it without a warrant, why the heck should an employer?
    The Police don't need a warrant IF you ALLOW them to search. The same applies here. The employer must have your PERMISSION to look at your facebook account. To claim it violates your rights for them to do it, implies you have a RIGHT to be employed by them. No one has that right.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    The Police don't need a warrant IF you ALLOW them to search. The same applies here. The employer must have your PERMISSION to look at your facebook account. To claim it violates your rights for them to do it, implies you have a RIGHT to be employed by them. No one has that right.
    It's illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of their religion, race, etc. An employer could plausibly find that information about prospective hires by looking at their Facebook profile.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    The Police don't need a warrant IF you ALLOW them to search. The same applies here. The employer must have your PERMISSION to look at your facebook account. To claim it violates your rights for them to do it, implies you have a RIGHT to be employed by them. No one has that right.
    Does an employer have a right to to put cameras in your house?

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    I agree. There needs to be an employee's bill of rights that protect privacy and protect people against abuse. Electronic intrusion should be one of the things on it. I would also ban the practice of checking a potential employee's credit. Plenty of people have bad credit through no fault of their own. Getting sick in our atrocious health care system can get you bad credit. Then when you're well enough to work again, you can't get a job because your credit sucks. I would also ban "at will" work where you can get fired for any reason, good or bad. The employee bill of rights should state that an employer has to have a valid reason to fire someone such as their work is poor quality, their attendance is poor, etc. If an employer finds out a worker is a member of Democratic Socialists of America or a member of the NRA, that is NOT a valid reason to fire anyone. (If they preach and make a nuisance about it at work, that's different.) Work relationships between an employer and an employee should be about a person doing the work in a quality way. Period.
    They used to ask if you belonged to any organizations which was another angle for discrimination.

    Look, from experience I can say that when there is a very strong labor movement in this country employers aren't so liberal with discriminatroy practices.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Does an employer have a right to to put cameras in your house?
    sure. for example, if you were employed to be a character in a reality TV show.

    an employer does not have the right to force this, though they should have the right to make it a condition of employment.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    It's illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of their religion, race, etc. An employer could plausibly find that information about prospective hires by looking at their Facebook profile.
    They could also find it out by LOOKING AT THEM or LISTENING to them in many cases. Are we going to no longer allow interviews face to face or via phone? Maybe we should redact names on resumes and applications also. African Americans, people from India, and Vietnamese all have distinctive names.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    employers are stupid to do this.

    but good lawks. protect us from these fools who think that because they don't like something, it should be criminal.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Does an employer have a right to to put cameras in your house?

    No, but they can require YOUR PERMISSION as a condition of employment. Essentially the only punishment here is loss of employment (or not employing at all) A person has no RIGHT to be employed by a company.
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