Facebook: Do NOT give your password to perspective employers!

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Facebook: Do NOT give your password to perspective employers!
7
Fri, 03-23-2012 - 11:45am

I was glad to see this from Facebook!

http://m.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/facebook-legal-action-against-employers-asking-for-your-password/10768

“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,” Facebook Chief Privacy Officer for Policy Erin Egan said in a statement. “We have worked really hard at Facebook to give you the tools to control who sees your information. As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job. And as the friend of a user, you shouldn’t have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don’t know and didn’t intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job.”

Photobucket

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-02-2004
I am glad that they are seeking legal action. It is kind of like the potential employer who asks the woman if she has kids or is planning on having kids...if you really need the job, what do you do? If you decline to answer, you may not get the job. If you do, you may not get the job.

If this is still standard policy when I end up going back to work I am going to have to unjoin all my groups and cancel my account. If you can do such a thing. My (as an adult) political views are ONLY for my friends. I don't post other stuff.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2009

I suspect that this would be illegal in my country-it would be contrary to our Privacy Act. Employers would have access to personal information on third parties (friends etc..) without permission.

In my country, it is against the law to discrimination based on marital status, sexual orientation, health status etc.. You can not be refused a job because you are married or planning to get married or planning to be pregnant etc.. It is also illegal to require job seekers to be subjected to drug tests etc,, unless the person is going to operate heavy equipment etc.. This would fall under discrimination based on past behavior or a "preception of behavior".

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-16-1999
Side question iteadrinker... can health care professionals be drug tested in Canada? An impaired ICU nurse is just as dangerous as an impaired heavy equipment operator or semi truck driver.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2009

No pre-employment testing allowed for any job, even safety-sensitive positions.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-13-2012

Rock on Canada, rock on.

I understand drug testing for "safety-sensitive postions," but I remember on serveral occasions when potential employers wanted to drug test me for jobs in retail and food service. I always declined and went on my way. I think most people my age are the same, especially since, as whole, my generation is pro-legalization (at least of marijuana). Since I would

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2009
Actually, Facebook did come out and did advise their users not to do it. Facebook was taken to court, charged and given a time limit to clean up their act here In Canada. It all had to do with how they were given personal information to 3rd parties and how they were dealing with "dead" accounts. They meet all the requirements of the Court here and, as a consequence, privacy controls were tightened up for everyone, even non-Canadians. Facebook has learnt the "lesson".
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-02-2007

When I saw this I knew that it was either an isolated event that an employer would ask for a password, or some type of hyped up story to get media attention - which it certainly did.