Should Employer's Ask You For Your Facebook Login and Password?

Some companies are doing just that. When you are applying for a job they want your password and login. A few of the people in the article were asked when being reinstated to their positions after a leave of absence. They said it was to confirm there were no gang affiliations. I understand wanting to know who you are hiring but my login information? That is MY PERSONAL information and my company, to me, should not be digging in my personal life. If it is not to do with my job then why should I hand it over? There are many in uproar about it saying that the companies should not be asking for that and instead having the applicant sign in while in the office. This too borders on too much of my personal information for my sake. I have my page set to private for a reason and if I am not friends with you I probably don't want you on there. :) Just saying...

Some companies want their employees to sign a document stating they will not bad mouth the company on line or they want them to be friends with the HR people. Still... digging in too much for me.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it is okay for the employer to ask for your private log in and passwords or just what they can see publicly if they want to see it?

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No, it's not ok and I wonder if it is even legal?  Having said that, all my bosses are on my friends list :-) but I don't have anything to hide and that was my choice.

first of all I dont see the need for them to have your password, because if they are on your friends list they can see everything on your wall, so they dont need that info.  but how stupid is that anyway, they cant ask you your age, if you are pregnant and a few other personal things but they can ask for your facebook password??? very stupid if you ask me. and what if you just say i dont have one??

thank god I work at home and I am my own boss so I dont have to deal with the idiotic stuff out there anymore.

I don't think it should be allowed.  If companies really want to find out what you post, they can, (On FB or anywhere else).  People do need to be careful about what they say, and not just about the company they work for. I see people post things about their companies all the time, and I cringe.  The internet in general is NOT private. 

I'm thinking the same thing. Like the others have stated, they can see everything they need to see and sometimes more than that. I really don't see a need for them to have your password when it is personal and not business.

Chris Wagner said:

No, it's not ok and I wonder if it is even legal?  Having said that, all my bosses are on my friends list :-) but I don't have anything to hide and that was my choice.

That is invasion of privacy and should not be allowed at all. If they want to know about you and any gang affiliations they can do a criminal background check.

They might as well ask for my house key so they can rifle through my underwear drawer when I'm not home... 

yeah, don't think I'd accept a job from anybody that wanted that much control over me and my life.

Not appropriate in any scenario. My profession is constantly under the microscope.I have nothing in my facebook activity that would be inappropriate but I feel that'an employer does not need to know who my friends and family are.

If it comes down to it... we should make alternate fb accounts for snoopy employers to stalk.

Sounds like a good idea. :) I actually know people that have two accounts. One where they feel they can say anything and another one where they filter their posts :)

Elizabeth Lavallee said:

If it comes down to it... we should make alternate fb accounts for snoopy employers to stalk.

BAHAHAHAH I would literally laugh if an interviewer asked me for access to my FB email or anything of the such. That is just a way to go around the laws that have been put in place. IE marriage, children or not, sexual orientation etc. Job be damned I would not give out that sort of info. That is my private stuff as long as I'm not on FB at work then it is none of their business what I do outside of work. That is the same reason I don't accept friend requests from people at work. To me work is work and my friends are those outside of work.

In today's news: Facebook is warning employers not to demand the passwords of job applicants, saying that it's an invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities.  well, duh!

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