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AngelaD

3/20/2012 6:58:16 AM
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Employers asking for Facebook info......

Well I just heard on Canada am this morning that some employers are now asking for your facebook username and passwords....  
 
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20120320/job-hunting-facebook-login-120320/  
 
Personally.... It would be a cold day in you know what before I would give them this information.. What I do on my own time is my business.  
 
I could see maybe adding them as a friend so they could see if you were posting information about your job.. But other than that, to me seems like a total invasion of privacy...  
 
What do you think? would you give out your info so they could login to your account and see who your friends with and check your emails?

 
 
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~Tammy~

3/20/2012 7:03:15 AM
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!!

Hell NO! There is no way I would be giving ANYBODY that information never mind a total stranger, regardless if they are an employer! My private life remains private unless I choose to share.

Smilin

3/20/2012 7:04:54 AM
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I would

NEVER hand over my password to anything. That in itself is asking for further trouble down the road, as most people use the same password on many differnt sites. And honestly, I get employers looking at your facebook to determine future employment, especially if it is a profession of higher importance or reputation (say legal fields, medical, ect), but asking for a password is definately going to far and diving way into privacy issues.

notme

3/20/2012 7:06:02 AM
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No

I would not!! Speaking as an employer I find this a huge invasion of my employees lives and really, do I want to know that much about you? If they insisted I would probably refuse.  
 
I don't think they can legally do this. It would be like asking for all the contacts in your phone, then calling each one and asking them what you talked about.

AngelaD

3/20/2012 7:09:25 AM
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exactly!!

  
notme said "I would not!! Speaking as an employer I find this a huge invasion of my employees lives and really, do I want to know that much about you? If they insisted I would probably refuse.  
 
I don't think they can legally do this. It would be like asking for all the contacts in your phone, then calling each one and asking them what you talked about. "

I have no idea how they can legally do this...  
 
 
 
Edited by AngelaD, 2012-03-20 07:23:29

traveller

3/20/2012 7:41:28 AM
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i too doubt they legally can even ask for your password but i suppose it doesn't stop some from trying, i'm not even sure i would add an employer as a friend, its my personal time for me to use how i choose, as long as i'm not divulging company info then what i do is non of their business

don brown

3/20/2012 8:14:00 AM
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not a problem

If I was asked by an employer to give them my facebook username and password, the reply would be simple, you give me yours and I'll give you mine, I might even go one step further and ask for the username and password from anyone who held a higher position than me. Honestly I agree that it is none of their business and what are they going to do with the people who don't have a facebook account.

Drones Unlimited

3/20/2012 8:17:14 AM
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Absolutely

  
AngelaD said "Well I just heard on Canada am this morning that some employers are now asking for your facebook username and passwords....  
 
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20120320/job-hunting-facebook-login-120320/  
 
Personally.... It would be a cold day in you know what before I would give them this information.. What I do on my own time is my business.  
 
I could see maybe adding them as a friend so they could see if you were posting information about your job.. But other than that, to me seems like a total invasion of privacy...  
 
What do you think? would you give out your info so they could login to your account and see who your friends with and check your emails? "

I have been asking to be someone's friend when they apply for a job for over a year now or calling them from their resume and getting them to send me a friend request. I have even discussed it before on ebrandon. I make it clear that I they can remove it within 24 hours.  
 
A common problem is people DO NOT use facebook on their own time they use facebook on company time. Facebook is blocked by a number of companies because of this.  
 
I think it will become more of the norm that employers check out social networking of job applicants. Don't want to friend a company that you applied to when asked - you are wasting both parties time because you will not be hired for that above minimum wage job. If I am hiring someone for $12 a hour I could really care less but if that person is going to make $50-$80K a year representing me then Yes I care. Both are equally as important as employees but one is on the front lines of my business and the other is internal.  
 
It is not just about the resume any longer (a number of people lie on them anyway).  
 
I would not be concerned over YOUR CURRENT employer ever asking but be prepared if you are making a career change!  
 

Drones Unlimited

3/20/2012 8:31:53 AM
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password

They did not want his PASSWORD they wanted him to LOGIN - there is a difference.  
 
Would have taken 5 minutes looking quickly at their FB page.  
 
Obviously never give password to anything to anyone - that is common sense.

~Tammy~

3/20/2012 8:39:45 AM
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wrong

  
This*Is*It? said "They did not want his PASSWORD they wanted him to LOGIN - there is a difference.  
 
Would have taken 5 minutes looking quickly at their FB page.  
 
Obviously never give password to anything to anyone - that is common sense. "

"But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information."  
 
Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20120320/job-hunting-facebook-login-120320/#ixzz1pfEeGv8B  
 
She did in fact tell him she wanted his information!  

~Tammy~

3/20/2012 8:52:33 AM
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/:p

  
This*Is*It? said "
  
AngelaD said "Well I just heard on Canada am this morning that some employers are now asking for your facebook username and passwords....  
 
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20120320/job-hunting-facebook-login-120320/  
 
Personally.... It would be a cold day in you know what before I would give them this information.. What I do on my own time is my business.  
 
I could see maybe adding them as a friend so they could see if you were posting information about your job.. But other than that, to me seems like a total invasion of privacy...  
 
What do you think? would you give out your info so they could login to your account and see who your friends with and check your emails? "

I have been asking to be someone's friend when they apply for a job for over a year now or calling them from their resume and getting them to send me a friend request. I have even discussed it before on ebrandon. I make it clear that I they can remove it within 24 hours.  
 
A common problem is people DO NOT use facebook on their own time they use facebook on company time. Facebook is blocked by a number of companies because of this.  
 
I think it will become more of the norm that employers check out social networking of job applicants. Don't want to friend a company that you applied to when asked - you are wasting both parties time because you will not be hired for that above minimum wage job. If I am hiring someone for $12 a hour I could really care less but if that person is going to make $50-$80K a year representing me then Yes I care. Both are equally as important as employees but one is on the front lines of my business and the other is internal.  
 
It is not just about the resume any longer (a number of people lie on them anyway).  
 
I would not be concerned over YOUR CURRENT employer ever asking but be prepared if you are making a career change!  
 
"

Your opinion, but I dont believe that if you refuse you will be turned down for a job.  
 
Just a thought, Brandon is still very "small town" Id imagine it wont take too long before word gets around that you like to take advantage of social networking to invade someone's personal life. I have to wonder how long it will take for the applications to slow down to a trickle

Trevor B

3/20/2012 8:59:44 AM
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If

they ask for our login and passwords, can we ask for theirs? You know, to see what kind of boss they are.  
 
The way my Facebook security is setup, even with my login and password, you then need a code that gets sent to my cell phone.

Drones Unlimited

3/20/2012 9:11:12 AM
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Wrong x2

  
~Tammy~ said "
  
This*Is*It? said "They did not want his PASSWORD they wanted him to LOGIN - there is a difference.  
 
Would have taken 5 minutes looking quickly at their FB page.  
 
Obviously never give password to anything to anyone - that is common sense. "

"But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information."  
 
Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20120320/job-hunting-facebook-login-120320/#ixzz1pfEeGv8B  
 
She did in fact tell him she wanted his information!  
"

The profile was private - as in when you did a common search and found the person - says you have to be this persons friend........ - so they were simply asking him to log in himself so they could get past that and have a look at his wall and so on.  
 
I guess we can agree to disagree.  

Kilroy 4295 dash J

3/20/2012 9:17:09 AM
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NEVER!!!

I would even say that I highly doubt that a prospective employer even has the right to ask for your login and password. they can just go on Facebook anyway, and if your privacy settings are set so as they can't get any info on you, I STILL doubt they have the right to ask you to friend them. I would even go so far to say that if they do not hire you because you don't do this, that you have the right to sue them.

Drones Unlimited

3/20/2012 9:18:21 AM
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Well said!!!

  
rkd5.9 said " This whole fiasco may be an invasion of privacy, & in poor taste, but NOT ILLEGAL!!  
If there is anything of an uber-personal nature on a facebook page , then the user is an idiot! Its a social network folks & most users fit the "hey look at me" profile.  
You posted it for the world to see & now you are upset because someone asks to see it ????  
If you have something on facebook that you expect to hide , WAKE UP !!  
 
"akin to asking for someones house keys" , I think NOT!!  
If I were asked , I have a very simple answer . I deleted my "fecesbook" account yrs ago! "

One of most intelligent posts I have read on here in a long time!  
 

traveller

3/20/2012 9:19:51 AM
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>:>:

  
This*Is*It? said "
  
~Tammy~ said "
  
This*Is*It? said "They did not want his PASSWORD they wanted him to LOGIN - there is a difference.  
 
Would have taken 5 minutes looking quickly at their FB page.  
 
Obviously never give password to anything to anyone - that is common sense. "

"But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information."  
 
Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20120320/job-hunting-facebook-login-120320/#ixzz1pfEeGv8B  
 
She did in fact tell him she wanted his information!  
"

The profile was private - as in when you did a common search and found the person - says you have to be this persons friend........ - so they were simply asking him to log in himself so they could get past that and have a look at his wall and so on.  
 
I guess we can agree to disagree.  
"

? does it really matter if they are asking you for your password or for you to login so they can look around? either way its like asking for the keys to your house just to have a look around because they want to know what kind of people they hire and see what kind of friends they have or have had and who knows what else, so really the Q is is, should the employer have a right to this kind of information and should they be able to discriminate against potential employees with what they learned on FB?

slurpeegirl

3/20/2012 9:20:19 AM
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i wouldn't do it

if i wanted someone to see my facebook, they'd be on my friend's list already.  
 
i don't know if i could even work for a person who would be dumb enough to ask that. i'd probably be gone in an hour. an idiot for a boss could mean little to no job security because they would be constantly making other poor decisions.

Drones Unlimited

3/20/2012 9:23:50 AM
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LOL

  
slurpeegirl said "if i wanted someone to see my facebook, they'd be on my friend's list already.  
 
i don't know if i could even work for a person who would be dumb enough to ask that. i'd probably be gone in an hour. an idiot for a boss could mean little to no job security because they would be constantly making other poor decisions. "

Any employer would be lucky to have you!  
 

Acorn

3/20/2012 9:27:43 AM
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...

I probably would do it for the right job BUT I would never trust that employer. I would likely jump ship at the first opportunity to better my career. This sucks though.

crosslock

3/20/2012 9:27:59 AM
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Just Deactivate it

You can deactivate your Facebook with no consequences now. When you want it back you can just reactivate. All your friends and old posts stay. Just reactivate after your interview. Make sure your profile is set so no one can search you, and never friend a co-worker. Suck it employers

Trevor B

3/20/2012 9:30:28 AM
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It

  
This*Is*It? said "
  
~Tammy~ said "
  
This*Is*It? said "They did not want his PASSWORD they wanted him to LOGIN - there is a difference.  
 
Would have taken 5 minutes looking quickly at their FB page.  
 
Obviously never give password to anything to anyone - that is common sense. "

"But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information."  
 
Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20120320/job-hunting-facebook-login-120320/#ixzz1pfEeGv8B  
 
She did in fact tell him she wanted his information!  
"

The profile was private - as in when you did a common search and found the person - says you have to be this persons friend........ - so they were simply asking him to log in himself so they could get past that and have a look at his wall and so on.  
 
I guess we can agree to disagree.  
"

never said they were asking him to login himself in, it said "asking for Facebook login and password".  
 
A quote from the article.  
"But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information."  
 
They wanted his login and password to login at their leisure, and basically become you. They can then go through your private messages, maybe change thing if they wanted to, contact your family and friends pretending to be you.  
 
They way eBrandon is, would you ask for their eBrandon login information and see what they have posted on here.  
 
If you ask me for my logins, I want yours then. If you don't give me yours, then what are you as a employer trying to hide?

lazyintellectual

3/20/2012 9:48:21 AM
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....

I figure, the most untrusting people tend to be the most untrustworthy people. This could also pretain to employers.  
 
There are very few jobs that I think would require this, and people in those jobs, likely don't have facebook. (CIA or similar)

weatherman harry potter

3/20/2012 9:54:16 AM
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.....

that's going overboard! I understand not wanting them to use facebook while at work, but to ask for the login/password. That's going too far. As far as the person who says they ask employee's to friend them, that's ridiculous! If they're using facebook during work hours, then have a talk with them, or put blocks up on the computers, but personal time is just that, personal time. It is of no business to the employer what I do on my own time. Frankly if a future employer was to ask me to see my facebook, I would turn down the job anyway. What kind of employer has a desire to know that much about their employee's personal lives. Its not right and its creepy...This is all coming from some one who has a normal facebook account lol, there's nothing on there that would embarrass me or cause some one not to hire me, I just find it really creepy...Would they like to install cameras in their employee's bedrooms too just so they can see what they're up to at night??? lol, seriously its going too far!

Trevor

3/20/2012 9:55:06 AM
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...

Illegal? No. But it is very immoral. If they had demanded his login info then that would border on illegal I would think. But asking for it isn't. He has a choice, and a right to not give up his login info  
 
Just like BPS asking to see your cell phone isn't illegal. You have a choice to give them your cell phone or not.  
 
Personally I wouldn't give either party what they were looking for.

IMO

3/20/2012 10:06:26 AM
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This is where I draw my line in the sand....

There are several things that I am all for.  
Manditory DNA Samples given at birth.  
Harsher punishments drug and alcohol related offences  
But this is too much. Lucky for us, we live in Canada and all the examples on that news report are from the USA. This is exactly why my FB has a the possible restricted privacy settings and a fake name.  
 
But will it happen any time soon in Canada? I certainly hope not. And the day it does, is the day I close my FB account.

alogal

3/20/2012 10:43:06 AM
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...

There's nothing that says an employer cannot ask for you login, then proceed to look you up if you volunteer the information. Not sure how the current laws apply to situations like this, but I would believe it would be (possibly) some sort of discimination (or another more suitable word) to not consider a person for a position solely based on the fact they didn't volunteer the information?  
 
As a person that screens resumes and is involved in the hiring process at the company I work for, on occassion we'll do a simple quick search to see if the individual's name comes up. If it doesn't, we don't look further, just curiosity more than anything. There have been a few candidates we found that had absolutely no privacy settings on their 'less than professional' facebook pages, but as that's their personal life and how they act in their professional life was quite different, we didn't give that information any weight in the selection process.

Pinkbooties

3/20/2012 10:47:57 AM
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Facebook

I would add a new employer if they asked as a friend but i would never give out my login and password thats private and personal. But really if you dont want to add them what are you hiding? Employers, collection agencies, any one looking for information about you the first thing they go look for is facebook. Or else they will just google your name. Its common sense. Dont Have pictures of you slammed out of your tree and fights and things you wouldnt show your grandmother. You are applying to work for a company therefore you will be representing them. People put where they work on their facebook and then have horrible pictures of statuses it doesnt make them look good. I'm sorry but there is nothing appealing about someone that is on there 24/7 updating every time they take a poop. So i say no to passwords but go ahead add them if you have inappropriate things your showing to the world its your own fault really.

lazyintellectual

3/20/2012 10:49:35 AM
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Seriously?

  
IMO said "There are several things that I am all for.  
Manditory DNA Samples given at birth.  
Harsher punishments drug and alcohol related offences  
But this is too much. Lucky for us, we live in Canada and all the examples on that news report are from the USA. This is exactly why my FB has a the possible restricted privacy settings and a fake name.  
 
But will it happen any time soon in Canada? I certainly hope not. And the day it does, is the day I close my FB account. "

Facebook login info too far, but manditory DNA samples are not?  
 
Wow.

COWBOY

3/20/2012 11:27:46 AM
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Comment..!!

This is just a comment but I have a few Friends that have City and Gov't Jobs and seem to be on Face Book and this site all day long commenting..!! No concern of Mine but IS THIS PART OF THEIR JOB...??? Maybe this is what Employers are getting at..????  
Another thought is with the amount of HACKERS there is no such thing as privacy if You are on a computer..!! Just My Thought for the Day..!!!

Nicole K

3/20/2012 11:34:52 AM
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Dec 2008
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So if that's the case...

does that mean they can also ask you to log into your email account so they can check your emails...perhaps log into your bank account so they can see what you're doing with your money perhaps during company time? Maybe ask to come see you at home so they can see how you prepare for work, or what you do after to unwind? I know that's taking it to the extreme, but where would the line of acceptance be drawn? No, it's not okay, and quite frankly I don't think I would want to work for a company that would ask for something such as that.

 
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