Govt. agencies, colleges demand applicants' Facebook passwords

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Govt. agencies, colleges demand applicants' Facebook passwords
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Wed, 03-07-2012 - 7:42am

Would you let a prospective employeer or client watch as you browsed through your Facebook page? According to this MSNBC report by Bob Sullivan:

"If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can't see your private posts, guess again.

Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and some are demanding full access from job applicants and student athletes.

In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state's Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall." MORE

Wow-your thoughts?

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I personally think this is just crazy.

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Registered: 04-05-2002

I can't imagine that they don't have better ways to weed out people than do that.






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Registered: 04-05-2002

Exactly!






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Registered: 04-07-2008

One of my relatives works for a consultant company and he repeatedly will tell members of the family to remove this and remove that. (He's like the family FB watchdog)

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Registered: 04-05-2002

I probably post more here than I do on FB, as private information goes. I'm so boring and there's nothing incriminating.






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Registered: 04-07-2008

lol Oh boy-Three of my sister's kids posted status updates that the whole family was at the beach this past summer. Now these kids have hundreds of friends and who knows how many friends those friends have. As soon as I saw the updates I called my sister and told her to get those posts off her kids' pages. They didn't even think about the fact their home was sitting empty for a week and they had just let everyone know.

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Registered: 09-25-2003

I read a similar article, but it sounded like the aclu is getting all over that one.

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This is absolutely NO surprise to me.

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Registered: 04-07-2008

I too am not much of an exciting person and I've thought about shutting down my FB page too. But I love to look at other people's pictures so I keep it open and post from time to time. I do agree though that it is pretty scary to think about how other people have access to so much of my private information.

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