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August 1, 2014

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Job seekers being asked for their Facebook passwords

SEATTLE — In their efforts to screen job applicants, some employers are going beyond the usual questions about experience and references and asking for something else: Facebook usernames and passwords.

The practice seems to be more common among public agencies, especially those seeking to fill law enforcement positions such as police officers or 911 dispatchers. But it's happening in both the public and private sectors, and some job candidates cannot afford to say no.

Orin Kerr is a George Washington University law professor and former federal prosecutor. He says the practice is like "requiring someone's house keys."

Companies that don't ask for passwords have taken other steps — such as asking applicants to friend human resource managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview.

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  1. Asking for passwords is just flat wrong. I can see how asking for usernames might be justified as part of a background check for a position that requires such.

  2. And that's where you say, "I don't want to work here. Kiss..." My Facebook account would put you all to sleep, but you don't surrender passwords. Any I.T. person knows this.

  3. I'm always telling Facebook people "watch what you put on there"...

    It is amazin' what people will post on Facebook with no concept AT ALL of 'this could come back to bite me in the a$$'...

    That said;
    I would second The_Next_Opinion, and in lieu of the password to my boring FB account, I would offer the interviewer an onobstructed view of my backside.

  4. I WILL GIVE YOU MY PASSWORD ONLY IF YOU GIVE ME YOUR HOME & CELL PHONE TELEPHONE NUMBER

    OTHERWISE FORGET YOU AND THE COMPANY YOU WORK FOR.

  5. I would never, ever give up a single one of my rights for a job - PERIOD! This is absurd and UN-American! But, sadly, so many people do not even know their rights, let alone have the courage to stand-up, speak-out and defend them - sad, Sad, SAD!

  6. Just remember that they DO NOT NEED YOUR PASSWORD to see your page and to click on your "friends" and see their pages. More employers are doing this than you think.