LINK: ‘Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords’ (CBSNews.com)
LINK: ‘Not Just No, Hell No!’ (Forbes.com)
LINK: +facebook +employers +password +candidate (Google.com)
I am SHOCKED at how many individuals cannot grasp the HUGE difference between allowing access to one’s profile CORRECTLY (for instance, by ‘friending’ them on Facebook), and alternately, giving another person (potential employer, in-law, roommate, significant other, etc.) ACCESS to MASQUERADE AS YOU by logging in with your credentials.
Though I haven’t yet checked (I will), I’m pretty sure this goes against the terms of service laid out by most social networks — but even if it isn’t, this horribly dark request can be easily illuminated by matching it in a different context. For instance:
- I might be OK with an employer knowing who my family members are — but no one can convince me to provide them access to my children unattended.
- I would likely be fine with them having my home address; but it would be idiotic for me to give them a duplicate key and let them ransack my house while I’m away.
- It may be true that knowing who my friends are could be valuable in ascertaining what kind of person I am; but letting someone log into my Facebook account and ask my friend questions while pretending to be me is out of the question!
When an employer asks questions like this, say you’ll be reporting them — THEN REPORT THEM.