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There are 8 comments on YouSpeak: Your Facebook Password

  1. Should you even ask? :) Do employers have a right to ask for a spare key to your house? Or your medical records? or your landlord ask for the password to your checking account to make sure you have enough funds?

  2. I don’t think anyone in the video or article considered that this question is sometimes a trick question by employers to see if the candidate is naive or if they can be trusted with sensitive information. I mean, if they are willing to give their potential future employer access to their most person information available anywhere online, who is to say that they won’t divulge company data by mistake or by coercion? I would recommend never giving out your facebook password. Give them your public profile link and tell them that’s all they need.

    1. I never thought about it being a trick question. With today’s job market being a ‘buyers market’, employers are getting away with more dirty tricks that may not be illegal, but are definitely questionable: like only hiring those that are currently employed. That’s just not right, no matter how they ‘justify’ it. I know way too many fantastic workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.

      Back to the question: I would reply that I don’t give out passwords for any account to anybody.

  3. Sure, you should hand over your Facebook password… at the same time you’re disrobing for the body cavity search, and providing every know bodily fluid (under direct observation) for testing.

    Frankly, I wouldn’t want to work at a company that would require something as invasive as this.

    With that said, ANYONE who thinks that Facebook is “secure” and that their posts are “private” is completely naive and uninformed. Once you put it on the “web”, it’s there for ANYONE with sufficient technical saavy to see. So, if you have something to hide, don’t “hide” it on the Internet.

  4. Of course employers have the right to ask for applicants’ passwords – and applicants have the right to take their talents to employers who aren’t so interested in monitoring their employees’ personal lives.

  5. My employer does background checks on all prospective hires. They use a 3rd party company. Part of the check includes a search of online content that’s public. It’s amazing what they find openly posted on FB and other sites. (Most of the info is irrelevant to a hiring decision but now and then….)

    Since the FB terms of use prohibit divulging or soliciting passwords, companies with a FB page who ask for passwords should have their content removed and access blocked. For some “consumer facing” companies that would be a big deterrent.

  6. Give them my PASSWORD? I would consider that a base trick question, and there would be no-WAY that would happen. They would be welcome to look at my web-page, but . . . . seriously! How about the password to my checking? Savings? My yahoo mail account? Sad state of affairs in this country that this is even brought up. From the European perspective, they must be thinking of this as some modern American slavery. Take a hike!

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