Last week, a widely circulated Associated Press article, Employers
Ask Job Seekers for Facebook Passwords, generated a ton of controversy. The
article includes stories of job interviewers requesting Facebook, and other
social network, usernames and passwords - or, the slightly less intrusive
practice of having the interviewee login during the interview (but not provide
the password to the interviewer). Cue the outrage!
It turns out this employment screening technique is not very popular. There are
laws that would forbid employers from asking for job seekers' social media
passwords, including one in Illinois.
Facebook issued Protecting
Your Passwords and Privacy, decrying the "distressing reports" of
the "alarming" practice of employers "seeking to gain
inappropriate access to people's Facebook profiles or private
information." It is a violation of Facebook's policy to share or solicit
passwords. Facebook also threatened legal action against apps that "abuse
their privileges." And, Facebook reminds employers that they may discover
information that could support discrimination claims.
And now, two
Senators have called for a federal probe over employers asking for Facebook
passwords. I haven't heard anybody calling for military action or the use
of nuclear weapons . . . yet.
It's tough to gauge how widespread this practice is. If
anybody has info on this, let me know. And, if you have any stories about
interviewers requesting login info, or having you login during the interview, drop a comment!
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