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Would You Give Your Facebook Password to an Employer?

Happy Thursday everyone! As our title states, would you give your Facebook password to an employer?

In this week’s article, Justin Bassett was interviewing for a job and in the course of the interview he was asked to provide his Facebook password. According to Mike Tuttle’s article (link below), when Bassett refused, he walked out of the interview and stated he did not want to work for a company that would ask for such personal information.

Though this may seem overly demanding, it has become common for some companies to ask for such passwords to employees and potential employees’ social sites. It’s a controversy that is arising and both sides provide reasons as to why this is a plausible request or why they think this is an invasion of privacy.

In our opinion, this seems to be an invasion of privacy. It’s one thing for a company to do a web search of an applicant or current employee, but to ask for a person’s personal password and log-in is pushing boundaries. Who’s to say the information an employer finds is accurate or how a person actually behaves. The way an individual acts at work vs at home varies; you have your work self and home self because there’s a certain persona you must have in both cases.

What side are you on? Do you think employers are going too far asking for passwords, or do you think they are justified in wanting to know about the people they’re hiring? Do you think it’s even legal for companies to be able to do this? Let us know what you think, we always love to hear your thoughts. Until next week everyone!!


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