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1 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Mar 25, 2012 6:33:29am

I have had a bunch of job interviews recently, and not one asked for my Facebook password. At my previous job, they did ask if I had a Facebook profile, and if I did, would I please “like” and “friend” other work-related Facebook profiles.

I declined the request, saying that Facebook is for personal use only and I never use it at work, but I would be happy to friend supervisors and co-workers on “LinkedIN” although of course never reveal my password.

2 Romantic Heretic  Sun, Mar 25, 2012 8:17:55am
The practice has alarmed privacy advocates, but the legality of it remains murky.

The legality of it may be murky but the ethics certainly isn’t.

Too bad ethics is usually the last thing to be brought to bear on decision making these day.

3 justaminute  Sun, Mar 25, 2012 11:08:03am

My daughter just graduated with a degree in Human Resources. In one of her HR classes there was a whole chapter devoted to Face Book. In the Chapter it stated that it was illegal to base hiring on a Face Book page. But that did not mean that some companies would comply with any law.

She said how would a new hire handle a friend request from a supervisor? That would have a chilling effect on a person and their relationship at work. And if a company has such tight controls, don’t assume they can’t access your facebook without your password.

If the government has laws that infringe on our privacy, a company will proclaim they have too have needs in the name of company security. And one should really read the fine print in the paperwork your company wants you to sign at the time of hire. Because maybe you will have signed away your right to privacy and would you refuse to sign if it is a good job.


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