Facebook Frowns Upon Giving Login Credentials to Employers

Facebook Frowns Upon Giving Login Credentials to Employers

A disturbing stream of reports have been circulating concerning employers demanding the Facebook passwords of potential employees before hiring them. Aside from the fact that such a demand is a gross breach of privacy and frankly opens those employers up to legal liability for all sorts of reasons, it’s just a crappy thing to do. The job market is tough, and plenty of desperate job seekers would do, say, or sign just about anything to land a job, and apparently some employers know that and are taking advantage of their leverage.

We know--it’s easy to become indignant upon reading this and boldly claiming that you’d rather starve to death than give up your Facebook password as a matter of principle, but the reality is that if you’ve been unemployed for any meaningful length of time and the only thing standing between a penniless you and $40k a year, health insurance, and a 401k is eight little characters, it’s not such as easy choice.

However, Facebook users are getting some backup from a source that isn’t exactly known for giving a rip about your privacy: Facebook.


"You see, giving you my password is a violation of terms according to this document," you could say to your potential employer.

Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer (Policy) Erin Egan posted a message about this topic and stated that “If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends.”

Egan also noted that sharing or soliciting a users’ password is actually a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and laid out the case that employers are asking for trouble by doing so--not necessarily because Facebook will come after them, but because it’s the legal equivalent of opening a very large, stinky can of worms.

If you’re currently on the job market, you might want to bookmark that link to the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
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Lol Are people actually complying when asked to do this? Wow, talk about taking advantage because people are in dire straights in the job market. If a hiring manager asks for such things, just laugh at them, grab your coat and walk. Those are not the type of people you want to work for.

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So far the story is only unverifiable rubbish, Seth. Well... unverifiable and unfalsifiable to be exact. It is like trying to prove or disprove an article of faith. There are no lines of inquiry readers can follow to verify or falsify the allegation. There's only mention of Facebook having received reports from sources unknown to us So I'm not about to condemn anyone on that basis.

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My youngest son's girlfriend was looking for work in the San Francisco Bay Area and had heard that some employers were asking for Facebook passwords. She setup a fake account and WAS asked for exactly that in one of her interviews. She gave it to them, but got a better job offer from a company that didn't ask for any personal Social Media access. She took that job and closed the other Facebook account down after changing her password on it.

I think that it's creepy.

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Which employers, realneil? Name names. Since she got a job elsewhere it really should not be complicated.

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Fierce Guppy:
Which employers, realneil? Name names. Since she got a job elsewhere it really should not be complicated.

I didn't ask her what company it was. Honestly I don't care who it is as long as she didn't have to go to work for them. She writes grants (applies for them?) for organizations.

You don't believe this story and you'll probably discount anything that anyone says about it really happening. That's alright with me, because It's your dime.

Demanding that I provide proof isn't going anywhere at all. I don't want to poison the well for her just in case she ends up looking for another job soon. So go on and doubt it. Doubt it hard and well.

In the meantime, here is a little more reading for you.  This story is being carried on several national news outlets and has the attention of certain members of Congress too.

Is it rock solid, irrefutable truth? (who cares?)

 

 

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Wow, just leave it to companies to want access to things they have no right to. By asking for it and you refusing, if they don't hire you they just opened themselves up to a discrimination lawsuit.

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Wow, those past stories about them hacking into facebook accounts to spy on you was scary enough. Now they are just lazy and ask you for it...

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I did saw about this issues on the news on TV. I wont give them my passwords. It sound like not right to all people who hare account on Facebook to give them the passords. I 'm against that idea. I dont want the company to get in in my personal info on the Facebook. I bet all HH Members might argree with me on this issues. It is really bad deal for all of us and other people too.

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Lol I agree, realneil your story is just filled with holes... How could you not wonder and ask what company asked her for the info?! That's more important than the fact that she was asked at all!!!! Wouldn't you want to know if it's an every day position/company like McDonald's or Walmart vs say a CEO position at some fortune 500 company? Makes a huge difference doesn't it both on understanding why it was asked and for you in the future if you find yourself in the job market. Then you say all you cared about is that she didn't go work for them yet you don't want to ruin the waters for her? lol talk about contradicting yourself.

Regardless you could easy tell us the company, how would take find out she told? Look up every female who applied after they started asking for the Facebook info and then figure out which of the girls has a friend who visits hothardware? lol fact it it's impossible and you could call out any company without giving names and dates and you would be fine. But you posted a useless response with just as many facts as the original article; none.

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I can see benefits from employer aspect. I mean I ran into several pyramid scheming places asking for contacts. It seems much more efficient asking for facebook passwords to get posting access to almost every person you know. Rather than asking for a list of 10 people and calling them individually and getting blown off by most of them.

But it shouldn't happen it private correspondence its no different than asking for email or actual mail. Some things are private and unless its something that represents a company on major level or requires security clearance. But even then it shouldn't include anything more than what a pi and thorough reference checking could do.

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Totally ridiculous for any company to ask for access to a personal account. Simply making people sign an agreement that they will not mention their company by name on a social network should be enough. My answer to them would be, if you hire me would you want me to give up my login credentials as easily as you are expecting me to give up my personal access? No, I didn't think so...

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Yup even I heard this its really happening around

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