Nosy Employers: Mind Your Own Business
The Associated Press & Fox News recently reported that some employers have been asking potential employees for their Facebook PASSWORDS during the interview process. They have tried to justify it by saying that it is part of their background checking process. Um, no. It is a complete violation and disregard for privacy, and now, Facebook has amended their terms and conditions to specifically outlaw employers (and anyone else for that matter) from even asking for (aka soliciting) your password at any time, not just during the hiring process.
I understand that employers feel the need to do their research before hiring. I can even understand that some employers have felt it necessary to fire employees after they’ve ranted and complained about their work situation on their wall (*mixed feelings here*). However, Facebook has become akin to a daily journal of sorts, where people feel comfortable sharing their feelings, their hurt and anger, frustration, and joy. It is a forum that is made for YOU, therefore, YOU have the choice and control over who should see it and have access to your online life. As weird as it might sound, Facebook is a safe haven of sorts….kind of like a messy bedroom. And I’m not gonna let you in my room.
Employers: don’t go there. Employees: set your privacy settings to the highest level and hide your taboo posts from anyone who might rat you out. Kudos for Facebook for locking this complete privacy violation down so quickly!
*Note: Looks like Facebook will take action if necessary…..watch out peepers.
We can clearly seen the intention of the writer here is to show his displeasure in the idea of giving away one’s password freely for employers. I’m not too fond of the idea either, it creeps me out quite a bit.