Want a Job-Give Me Your Facebook Password

You can imagine the surprise Justin Bassett, a New York Statistician felt when in the course of his job interview; he was asked for his Facebook username and password. This is happening with more frequency according to an article in the Associated Press. Here is a summary of the key points:

Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn’t want to work for a company that would seek such personal information. But as the job market steadily improves, other job candidates are confronting the same question from prospective employers, and some of them cannot afford to say no.

“It’s akin to requiring someone’s house keys,” said Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor and former federal prosecutor who calls it “an egregious privacy violation.”

Since the rise of social networking, it has become common for managers to review publically available Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other sites to learn more about job candidates. But many users, especially on Facebook, have their profiles set to private, making them available only to selected people or certain networks.

Companies that don’t ask for passwords have taken other steps — such as asking applicants to friend human resource managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview. Once employed, some workers have been required to sign non-disparagement agreements that ban them from talking negatively about an employer on social media.

E. Chandlee Bryan, a career coach and co-author of the book “The Twitter Job Search Guide,” said job seekers should always be aware of what’s on their social media sites and assume someone is going to look at it.

Wow, I’m shocked to hear such invasive practices are going on but now I know why  more people are blogging full time-they won’t give up their Facebook passwords! Where do you come down on this issue-would you give it up? My answer-Hell No!!

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