Big Brother demands your Facebook privacy for a job
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CHICAGO, March 24, 2011 — What’s a job seeker to do? There are 12.8 million unemployed people in the U.S. filling out job application after job application, trying to land a paycheck. The lucky ones get called in for an interview. The interviewer cannot, by law, ask about your marital status, your religion, or a whole slew of other forbidden topics.
What they can ask you for, however, is your Facebook password.
Facebook’s Terms of Service, as well as our own common sense, dictates that passwords should never be shared. Employers, however, want to know as much about job candidates as possible before they commit to hiring. It is easier to not hire someone than it is to fire that person. It is common for employers to view Twitter accounts and Facebook pages before extending a job offer, but what do they do if the applicant “only shares some information with friends?”
Some companies will ask you to “Friend” a human resources contact. Some will ask you to log into a company computer during your interview. And some will simply ask for your password.
Currently the practice is most prevalent among public agencies. Corrections Departments want to know if prospective employees have any gang member Friends before hiring them as prison guards, and an Illinois Sheriff's Department wants to ensure there is nothing on an applicant's Facebook account that would cause “embarrassment.”
A few states, including Illinois and Maryland, have proposed legislation that would stop public agencies from asking for passwords, but the public sector is not the only place doing so. Sears, Inc. allows job seekers to log into their job site through Facebook.
Doing so, however, allows a third-party application to draw information from your profile, including your friend list. And as the competition for jobs grows, more companies are using applications such as BeKnown to screen candidates.
BeKnown will only share your personal profile if you allow it, but in today’s job market it can be difficult to tell a potential employer “No.”
I saw a Headline a few weeks ago about this. But, I figured it just couldn't be True! But, I guess it really is happening and in the United States of America. Why am I surprised! Withe all of the Bad Laws and Companies that have been getting away with Breaking the Good ones in Recent Years. This has got to be Stopped!!! And Now!!!!
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