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Is asking applicants for their social media passwords going too far?

Chance are your company wouldn’t ever think to ask prospective Finance hires for access to their personal Facebook page. But there are organizations that don’t have any qualms asking for this type of info.

For example, say you decide to apply for a clerical position at a certain North Carolina police department, you’ll be asked the following question: “Do you have any web page accounts such as Facebook, MySpace, etc. … ? If so list your username and password.”

The story about this organization’s application process was first reported on Tecca, and readers can see the story, as well as an image of the actual application, here.

This extreme example raises a number of important questions, including: Is this employer going too far? Will others follow suit? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Readers, what do you think: Is this organization crossing the line in terms of privacy or do you think employers have a right to any info applicants willingly  surrender? Let us know in the Comments Section.

 

 

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  • mike

    If its not public they cant ask, invasion of privacy and they will get sued

  • Pam

    This is going too far. I do check Facebook and LinkedIn when I am hiring, but do not ask for login information.

    If a company demanded it from me, I would decline and end the application process. Facebook is generally considered a personal social website, where people connect with family and friends. A potential employer has no business checking out my personal profile, which may include religious, political, social, and environmental views, as well as likes, marital status, age. None of this is their business, and should not be considered when making a hiring decision, but I am sure it would be.

  • Pam

    This is going way too far. I do check Facebook and LinkedIn when I am hiring, but do not ask for login information.

    LinkedIn is generally a business community, but Facebook is considered a more personal community, where people connect with friends and family. If a company demanded it from me, I would decline and end the application process. A potential employer has no business checking out my personal profile, which may include religious, political, social, and environmental views, as well as likes, marital status, age. None of this is their business, and should not be considered when making a hiring decision, but I am sure it would be.

  • Joe

    What about the Fourth Amendment?

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.