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Title: Employers asking for facebook users password at interview.
Post by: ladycasshmere on March 22, 2012, 12:06:49 pm
Have you guys heard. I was watching the news and some employers are asking for facebook passwords at job interviews. Would you give up your facebook, twitter or myspace password for a job?
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Post by: catherinedwhite on March 22, 2012, 12:14:00 pm
Absolutely NOT!
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Post by: momdileo on March 22, 2012, 12:33:16 pm
No way. Invade my privacy. Not worth the job. :( >:( :bootyshake:
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Post by: diala84 on March 22, 2012, 12:36:30 pm
No. That is an invasion of privacy not only for facebook but also if you use that same information for other activities online such as bank or email password. I certainly wouldn't work for a company like that if I could help it. 
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Post by: masked_brown_guy on March 22, 2012, 01:08:22 pm
nah, seems like they have enough of my information seeing as how they have my social, address, and work history ready at a click of button.
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Post by: dreamongirl on March 22, 2012, 06:03:31 pm
yeah i heard about that. no  way i wouldn't. that's just plain crazy. but the email i put on my resume is different so i would give a fake one and be like opps, lol
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Post by: Sendmicheck on March 22, 2012, 06:09:46 pm
I will not give up my facebook or any other account.  That is invading  my privacy.
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Post by: runy_brm on March 22, 2012, 06:18:51 pm
waaat? thats weird..no i wont >_<
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Post by: mzzsarah12 on March 22, 2012, 06:36:24 pm
I heard that on the radio this morning and the company who asked for it changed there policy so now you don't have to give it to them but you do have to log on in front of them so they can look thru it. Facebook is backed by the FBI now its like the new background check. That is a big no no. And you can never really get rid of your Facebook , they keep everything you put or take off on back up. Not cool.
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Post by: alina6 on March 22, 2012, 07:23:01 pm
that's why I don't have a facebook account ;D
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Post by: candyterrius on March 22, 2012, 08:11:31 pm
I never heard of that before. I would ask the interviewer why it is necessary to give our passwords and what does it have to do with the job. Criminal background check and past references are fine, but snooping around a personís social network site(s) is unprofessional, I think.  :angry7:
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Post by: angelmines on March 22, 2012, 08:18:25 pm
Have you guys heard. I was watching the news and some employers are asking for facebook passwords at job interviews. Would you give up your facebook, twitter or myspace password for a job?
Sirry but not they wint even know that i have such a site cause its none of their business what kind of sites or search engines that i have they just want to be noise that is all but not this way
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Post by: donnitab on March 22, 2012, 08:29:22 pm
That is crazy. I would definitely never give out that information. I do not give that info to family members much less a potential employer!!
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Post by: demaina on March 22, 2012, 08:50:28 pm
I'm sorry, but how is that relevant?  I mean, why not ask for their password for their online bank account so you can make sure they aren't involved in illegal activities.  Or ask to see my home computer so as to make sure I don't visit bad sites when online.

Plus, what's to prevent them from logging in and posting things to get me in trouble?  If anything, they are just opening themselves up to something bad.  I mean, they already get your Social Security number, generally a bank account number if you use direct deposit, and a lot of personal information.  I mean, what if you had your parents on Facebook.  Someone could figure out your mothers maiden name and other personal information like first pet's name, first school, high school mascot, etc that people use as passwords or at least, security questions.

Also, why can't they just view my profile like everyone else does?  I've never had a friend say "I'll only be your friend if you let me surf your Facebook account."  I mean, yes, some people post dumb things online like underage people posting pictures of them drinking (without parents around).  But why would you place something bad on Facebook.  And, if my employer isn't going to hire me cause I play Farmville or take pictures when I'm on vacation, then I really wonder.
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Post by: kittenkagome on March 22, 2012, 09:49:58 pm
That does seem like a bit much. Why do they need the password anyway? Couldn't they just look at your facebook page and see what you are about. I suppose you  could log in during the interview to prove it. I don't know...its very strange and a little scary. I know that they want to know exactly who they are hiring, but I think going into your personal accounts is going too far. This is coming from a conservative, btw. This is one of the many reasons why I outright refuse to get a facebook account. Its not just a page where you connect with your friends anymore, its become a part of your identity for all the world to see. In order for me to get a dang coupon I have to like someone on Facebook. If I want to enter a contest, I have to participate on facebook. Once in church they printed out facebook pages and showed them off to show what the teen class was really like. Some of those teens kinda got what they deserved, I admit, they were jerks, but still Facebook is growing too powerful for my tastes. In order to have certain jobs you have to use Facebook.
Before anyone comments, know that I'm not against the creators of this program. They created a social networking site thats popular, and thats fine. I just don't like what society has done with it. Next everyone will have microchips in their fingers to identify them or something, so that everyone can know your entire history in 
a quick scan. Back to the topic: I disagree and I'm scared of the future if this type of behavior continues.
Title: Re: Employers asking for facebook users password at interview.
Post by: hvnlydevil on March 22, 2012, 10:06:12 pm
I don't understand where it became ok for any potential place of employment to think it was ok to ask for a personal password to access a personal account. I can understand them looking you up for their own curiosities-even though to me that is irrelevant to your business career. But to ask to be able to access your account for a job you don't even have is absurd.
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Post by: ascalf on March 22, 2012, 11:57:47 pm
that is a definite violation of privacy.  :angry7: I would not give my password to anyone  :star:
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Post by: sommap on March 23, 2012, 11:35:04 am
That is crossing the line. 
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Post by: teflonfanatic on March 23, 2012, 11:43:51 am
I would totally give them my password if it wasn't my main facebook account  ;D
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Post by: mprud046 on March 23, 2012, 12:13:46 pm
I dont understand why they would ask for such things.  Mostt people with a facebook account have a low security rating on their account.  Companies have the opportunity of getting access to your information without you even knowing about it!
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Post by: Skyisbluetoday on March 23, 2012, 01:53:25 pm
They shouldn't ask for password's to your personal account's! If it's a company profile account related to the job then it's ok! I wouldn't give them my password's to my own personal account's!
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Post by: Thumper18 on March 23, 2012, 01:55:49 pm
No i would definetly not give out my password for any job. 1st thats invasion of privacy 2nd I believe thats against the law. Im quiet sure but it definetly sounds illegal to ask a person for any of their passwords for anything at a job interview  :bootyshake:
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Post by: MessiahMews on March 23, 2012, 01:56:47 pm
No way!  I would tell them to stick it where the sun doesn't shine, and that I don't want the job THAT bad.
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Post by: falcon9 on March 23, 2012, 02:02:18 pm
No i would definetly not give out my password for any job. 1st thats invasion of privacy 2nd I believe thats against the law. Im quiet sure but it definetly sounds illegal to ask a person for any of their passwords for anything at a job interview  :bootyshake:

It's not specifically against any current laws however, obtaining such passwords could give someone access to other things, (like bank accounts), which could lead to illegal activities.  Some lawmakers are supposedly formulating bills pertaining to the matter but, these haven't made it into law as yet.
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Post by: ptfunds on March 23, 2012, 03:13:25 pm
I find this piece of information outrageous.  First, this is a real invasion of privacy for anyone applying for a job. Second, what business is it of theirs?  These social sites have, unfortunately, had problems brewing in the wings for a while. It has become a better idea to stay away from anything that posts anything personal about you. Even the business sites where you advertise yourself, resume, skills, etc. have become places to avoid putting up your information. This is unfortunate as it is such a good way to network. However, like many venues where personal information is posted, it has become dangerous to do it. Thanks for posting this info!
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Post by: myloveboat on March 23, 2012, 03:20:49 pm
There is no way I would give my employer my password for facebook, not that I have something to hide but that's just crossing the lines of privacy.
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Post by: emily01 on March 23, 2012, 04:55:49 pm
So very strange.  I guess it makes sense because everyone is so... open on the internet, so employers want to get a good idea about their future employees.  But it's still very strange and invasive.
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Post by: pjlicari17 on March 23, 2012, 04:58:06 pm
Why would they ask for that?  It really is not their business!  Were I work, we didn't have internet access anyway, save a few terminals, why would I want my boss to know my facebook password?
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Post by: derrick12480 on March 23, 2012, 05:55:08 pm
what if you dont have one? if they don't look for ya they wouldn't know.
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Post by: Carchatmon on March 23, 2012, 06:10:58 pm
i think that is way over the line. It has nothing to do with the business what a person does on facebook. i wouldnt give them my password to do just anything with it and i encourage others to do the same. :star:
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Post by: vickysue on March 23, 2012, 06:55:23 pm
It's not right, but another of big brother looking over your shoulder.
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Post by: Joeyramone on March 23, 2012, 07:13:27 pm
Ridiculous.  You would have to be incredibly desperate for a job to give up that information.  I couldn't imagine asking someone for that information to begin with.
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Post by: falcon9 on March 23, 2012, 07:54:56 pm
Ridiculous.  You would have to be incredibly desperate for a job to give up that information.  I couldn't imagine asking someone for that information to begin with.

That's just it; there are numerous people who are that desparate for work and do, (however reluctantly), give up such information. One might imagine that, if they need the job that badly, they'd do so.  I'd have to check with an employment attorney to establish whether such would constitute doing so under duress, (and any legal measures which would follow from that).
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Post by: ninajay on March 23, 2012, 08:06:42 pm
No, I would never give out my password..that doesn't sound right
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Post by: mom2taz on March 23, 2012, 09:02:34 pm
Absolutely NOT!

Ditto!!!!
Not sure that is even legal.  And for sure, not appropriate..that is an invasion of privacy. 
If I have anything I don't want people seeing other than my friends, then I use the privacy settings accordingly.  I don't hide much, I have nothing to hide, if an employer wants to see what I have on my facebook then they can go on and look at it the same way anyone else would.  And if they can't see something I have set as "friends only", then they need to send me a friend request...be up front and all,,,but asking for a password to an account is way out of line.
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Post by: Irmarie on March 24, 2012, 01:20:26 am
I would not give my password, why? Would that make me qualify for the job? That's crazy  :-
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Post by: jmieritz on March 24, 2012, 01:49:24 am
If that would happen to me, I would ask them for the password for their bank account so I could make sure their not stealing from the company...sounds only fair to me....  :bs:   :angry7:
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Post by: falcon9 on March 24, 2012, 01:56:59 am
If that would happen to me, I would ask them for the password for their bank account so I could make sure their not stealing from the company...sounds only fair to me....  :bs:   :angry7:

Fair would be asking for their Facebook password, which they'd have no more incentive to trade for yours than they would to give you their banking password, (in the instance that you were the job applicant and they are the ones vetting applicants).
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Post by: jasom on March 24, 2012, 03:40:45 am
That is when you keep two facebooks one for business and one for personal
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Post by: annettefayeroach on March 24, 2012, 04:08:13 am
To much like big brother to me. They know to much as is.
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Post by: mattc4000 on March 24, 2012, 04:53:20 am
I am not sure that is either ethical or allowed.  I would absolutely not divulge my passwords.  I understand that companies are protecting their own best interests but there is a line somewhere and I feel this is crossing it.
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Post by: inertia4 on March 24, 2012, 05:14:17 am
They must be pom drugs to even ask a question like that. I would never give up any of my passwords. Not only do they want you to work for next to nothing, but now they want to invade your personal life. What a joke.
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Post by: ktheodos on March 24, 2012, 05:42:47 am
It really really depends on the job.....you know, i could always give it to them and then go back and change it later? Or delete the account or something?
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Post by: blondie71 on March 24, 2012, 08:13:41 am
I would not give up my password to facebook or twitter.  Not that there is anything to hide on there but that is private why would I want everyone I work with know my business.  If they want to know if I am a good person they could do a crimanal back round on me which I have had done once.  Thats all they need in my opinion to make sure I am a good person.  That other is just an invasion of privacy.
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Post by: kawhana1173 on March 24, 2012, 12:03:39 pm
I would never give my password up for a job--no matter what job offer there is. Some people use Facebook for SOCIAL reasons--for leisure/pleasure! They should never try to mix business with pleasure, it's just a bad idea!
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Post by: Azanne07 on March 24, 2012, 08:19:37 pm
I will not give up my facebook password. its not even something that my finacee knows
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Post by: CharmedPhoenix on March 24, 2012, 11:08:34 pm
Hell no.  :o That's got to be illegal.  That's worse than asking about your relationship/family plans.  Why would they need the password anyway?  Are they planning on stealing your identity?  Googling someone and doing a background search should be enough.
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Post by: patrick122068 on March 24, 2012, 11:13:09 pm
Employers are getting way out of line asking for our Facebook Passwords. No one should work for a company like that.
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Post by: raven1114 on March 24, 2012, 11:56:00 pm
there is no way I would give them that information. I see no need for them to have my password.
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Post by: demaina on March 25, 2012, 12:16:18 am
I already said my piece about the original post, but does anyone else think sites like Facebook and Twitter are becoming too involved in everything?  I know it's because of all the people that visit it, but it's like you don't exist if you don't have a Facebook account any more.

It seems like everything nowadays recommends (or requires in some instances) that you log in with Facebook.  So, someone hacks my Facebook account and not only to they have access to everything posted on Facebook, but also all the sites you used it to log in with, which most likely are listed on your profile as well.  Weren't we always told to use different passwords for sites.  Well now it seems like we are all going back to using one password to protect all the sites we use.

I mean, with the employers look at your Facebook account, they could also see that you use other sites or that you use a specific car insurance brand or whatever.  Plus, my family owns a business and I occasionally help with hiring and we aren't allowed to ask how old they are despite the fact generally high school/college students apply.  Doesn't forcing them to show you their Facebook kinda defeat that thing?  Or possibly, sexual orientation or other personal things that aren't really related to how well you can handle the job?
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Post by: falcon9 on March 25, 2012, 03:38:13 am
there is no way I would give them that information. I see no need for them to have my password.

The solution is obvious; don't use social networking sites if you're applying for a job.  Delete any you already have before applying.
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Post by: Shmooi on March 25, 2012, 06:32:50 am
That's ridiculous and I would tell them so. That's like asking for my computer password or bank account password, not only is it personal it's also against the terms of service. Why would they need the password anyway? Would they be posting? Either they should ask to make your profile public (not so tech-savvy are they?) or they should stop requesting such stupid things in the first place. I would tell them I would like a key to their safe as well as the security code to their household in exchange.
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Post by: eyronaele on March 25, 2012, 08:30:12 am
that sad it come down to this What happen to free speech and free country. I just don not agree with it.