Would you give a potential employer your password

@sacmom (14192)
United States
March 30, 2012 4:29pm CST
to your facebook account or other social networking site, if it was part of the hiring process? I first heard about this on the radio the other day. At first I thought it was some sort of joke, but apparently some employers are really asking for this. As for me, I don't think I could...not unless they were willing to pay me a hefty sum anyway. It's not like I have anything to hide, I just don't think it's right. Could you imagine them snooping through your Facebook account reading messages or something you might have set privately? Then again if it's that private maybe it shouldn't be on Facebook in the first place...but that's for a different discussion entirely! LOL If they want to befriend me on there, fine. But I think asking for an employee's password is just a bit too much. So, what about you? Would you give an employer the password to your Facebook account? Why or why not?
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@ShepherdSpy (8544)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
30 Mar 12
As I understand on hearing about this issue,Facebook would have a problem with you giving out your password for the site to a third party,so it would seem that you then get to choose between saying no to the prospective employer with whatever resulting consequences for your employment prospects that might have,or possibly facing the music for breaching FB's confidentiality,and possibly having your account pulled...yay...
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
3 Apr 12
but what if they're springing this "Request" at the interview stage when they've already seen a FB profile attached to the email address you gave them?
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
4 Apr 12
You bring up an interesting question. I for one use different email addresses for just about everything. My facebook is no way associated with the one I'd give them. So if they tried looking me up I wouldn't be on there.
@sacmom (14192)
• United States
3 Apr 12
Or you could avoid all that and just say you don't have an account.
@tonyllenium (6254)
• Italy
30 Mar 12
no i wouldn't give my password to them even if they asked me because there aren't any reasons concerning your hiring position that you must share your password with them probably i would think this work place wan't serious enough if they asked things like that!!
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• Italy
30 Mar 12
hhehe come on they must judge you in relation to your working attitudes so surley it is exaggerated thinking in these terms...and so for this point of view they can read you Cv in reality i shouldn't marry my chief but just work good!!
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
31 Mar 12
Nope, it's not an exaggeration at all. Check out some of the other responses. Not only has this been on the radio, it's been in the paper and news as well.
@owlwings (44019)
• Cambridge, England
30 Mar 12
Categorically no. My private life is my private life and unless (in very particular and special circumstances) there is anything at all which might influence my performance or suitability as an employee, then that is a different matter but it STILL would not give an employer - let alone a potential employer - the right to ask for my password and therefore access to my account. I might - given some VERY cogent reasons - agree to show them certain details of my account (but only if I were in control of the log-in at all times) or allow 'friend' status to certain specific people.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
30 Mar 12
I feel the same way.
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@carmelanirel (20942)
• United States
30 Mar 12
No, because that is mixing business with pleasure and though I have nothing to hide, if I end up with an antisemitic employer, he would not even consider hiring me..
@sacmom (14192)
• United States
3 Apr 12
I didn't think they did.
• United States
30 Mar 12
Oh wait a minute, password, not friend..I wouldn't have any potential employer as a friend, let alone give away my password and they have no right to ask either..
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@elitess (5070)
• Ipswich, England
12 Jan 13
We heard about it too even here in Romania and were amazed of how stupid some people (yes i mean the employer) to ask for that sensitive information. It was a violation of privacy and not at all okay to do so even if in the private sectore, privacy is still a basic right. As long as the employer is okay with a friendship on Facebook, that's okay but that's it, i'm not giving my password for a job.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
13 Jan 13
I feel the same way. Although if the price was right it'd be kinda tempting! Happy mylotting!
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• Philippines
5 Aug 12
No. I have never heard of a employer that would want to snoop around. Are you sure that those employers arent just scams? It is very weird for them to ask you for your password. My password is the similar to my other passwords. SO if I gave the employer my password, he might guess my other passwords. So this is really a no no for me! I'd rather work in a laverage paying job as long as the employer is nice and friendly.
@sacmom (14192)
• United States
10 Aug 12
From what I understand they were very much real. I guess that's why it was such a big deal...at least here in the US anyway. Happy mylotting!
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@peavey (16949)
• United States
31 Mar 12
Nope. I would delete my Facebook account before I would give the password to anyone, especially an employer and more especially a potential employer. They have no right to ask that. Or maybe I'd ask for their password in exchange.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
6 Apr 12
Hmm, now there's a thought!
@KrauseHome (36570)
• United States
18 Jul 12
Personally, there is NO WAY that I would ever do this. It is bad enough they can find out about you, etc. really easy if they try anyways, but to deliberately come out and ask for your passwords, etc. Isn't that like delving into too much of your life? But from what I have heard, there are people who have been let go just because of things they post on Facebook about their boss, etc. so you never know who is really watching.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
2 Aug 12
"Isn't that like delving into too much of your life?" You would think so.
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@GardenGerty (149135)
• United States
31 Mar 12
I almost never give out passwords to anything to anyone. I have a book of them. Hubby knows where to look if he needed them, but other than that, I do not believe in giving away my right to privacy. I do not have anything online that I am ashamed of, and they can search for me, but I still maintain my own passwords.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
6 Apr 12
@dawnald (84861)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Mar 12
I read about that, and was thinking about doing a discussion. Anyway, not sure. In this economy, I guess employers think they can ask for things they'd never have done in an economy where there was a shortage of employees. I'd like to think that I'd say no, because it's an invasion of privacy, and they are welcome to look at what's on my public profile, but if I were in bad financial circumstances, I just don't know.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
24 Apr 12
You make an excellent point Dawn. If people are desperate enough for a job they might just agree to it.
@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
30 Mar 12
I would not. What goes on on my facebook stays on my facebook, and anything I've done privately on there needs to stay as such. I imagine a lot of people would quit or not apply at all to a place like this once it was requested. As you mentioned, I can understand as a friend but that is it, that is all I would allow.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
1 Apr 12
"What goes on on my facebook stays on my facebook" Are you sure about that?
@Rustinas1 (438)
• United States
26 Aug 12
No, I would'nt and no company should have that right to for a job. Let's see, are they going to give us their password for their sites? I doubt that. I can see if you are on their company website, then they have a right to monitor what is happening in and around their business, otherwise we may all just give up having a personnal and private life if this is to be. If people did do this, are they going to be fired because we chose to change our pass word and did'nt update with our employers? This is socially and politically incorrect and an infringement into or life. What is this world coming to. Next, they would want our email passwords. This door needs to be kept shut and not go there, otherwise a can of rotten worms are going to just start spreading. It won't end there, and we all know it.
@agent807 (749)
• United States
30 Mar 12
Never. I might as well give them access to my email, my bank account numbers, the keys to my house, and hand over my computer. This is none of their business. I don't see why companies insist on violating peoples' personal privacy for the sake of preserving their corporate 'values' and 'beliefs'. I know a lot of companies are asking people not to organize dissent on their pages, but outright snooping around on a person's profile is too much. I couldn't give up my privacy for any type of salary. The way I see it, if you are willing to cave in to those types of 'requests' then you have been bought, not hired. No amount of money is worth me compromising my personal life. I already had my privacy unwillingly compromised. Unfortunately, it is because of companies intimidation against people that our ability to speak out against those who are doing wrong is being compromised.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
6 Apr 12
Not even for a million a week? That's what I'd be awantin'. At that amount I'd be willing to be bought! I doubt most employers are willing to pay that though, so I'd rather just say I don't have a Facebook account! Happy mylotting!
@nijolechu (1842)
• Canada
13 Jul 12
Yes, I do think that is kinda a bit over the line. I would feel real uncomfortable with giving out my password for facebook or any other social networking site. Because I don't see myself as a trouble maker. I would also feel a little uncomfortable with being a friend with my boss or manager. I just feel my social networking site or my facebook is something private and done outside of the workplace.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
13 Jul 12
I would feel uncomfortable as well. But as someone else pointed on here we always have the option to change our password! Happy mylotting!
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@SViswan (12051)
• India
9 May 12
No, I wouldn't. It isn't right and I would never give out my password. They may befriend me if they wish but asking for my password isn't right. As you said, I have nothing to hide...but I wouldn't like strangers going through my personal messages and pictures.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
9 May 12
I agree, it isn't right.
@sid556 (30962)
• United States
31 Mar 12
Hi Sacmom, Oh no. That is just a bit too far. I would be very leary of even wanting to work for the type of boss that would request such a thing. It sounds to me that it might end up being a miserable place to work. That is a complete invasion of privacy and not just for you. Just think about it. With your password, your boss would be able to get into all your private e-mails etc. I have people that send me some very private and personal stuff through e-mails. I realize as I'm sure they do that it is the internet and it's risky but still....I am not going to for any amount of money allow someone to read their personal stuff. I am almost willing to bet that it would be found illegal for a company to request such information. What kind of work was this?
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
24 Apr 12
They didn't say on the radio. But I think it was for any job.
@saundyl (9783)
• Canada
22 Jan 13
Most definitely not. That gives anyone that has FULL access to your account, security settings and could even go on and masquerade as you. This also gives someone access to any accounts you have used facebook as your logon for - such as something like good reads or a game site. One would really have to consider if they wanted to work for a company that doesnt respect privacy.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
23 Jan 13
Or be desperate enough to not care.
• Australia
31 Mar 12
See also http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2641593.aspx Lash
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
31 Mar 12
My apologies grandpa lash. I had no idea another discussion had been started about it. Had I known I would have never started it. I would have been more than happy just answered yours instead. I have to admit, I'm not big on searching before starting discussions (I'm pretty sure I already mentioned it to GAA a few years ago). However, I did in this case, although it wasn't extensive. I just don't have that kind of time or energy to look. But one thing is certain, I always try to make any discussion I start unique, even if it's already been done before. And with a site as big as mylot, it's bound to happen from time to time, even to a veteran like myself. Happy mylotting!
• Australia
1 Apr 12
I think it's a little unreasonable to expect us to do it, so I take no umbrage. Lash
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@nonersays (3329)
• United States
22 May 12
Nope. Not ever. If an employer wanted to "friend" me so he could see my profile, I might would do that depending on how badly I wanted the job, but I would NEVER give them my password. That opens up a whole lot of privacy issues. Recenly my job forced us to sign a sheet that said we would not ever say anything bad about the company, its employees or its customers in blogs or social media. My boss and I got in a huge fight about that. Freedom of speech and all. And I work retail, not some "top secret" government job. He asked me, "Why would you WANT to talk bad about the company." I told him, "Sometimes It needs talking bad about. Like, when a customer calls me a Fat a** then I'm sure as heck going to go on my FB and let the whole world know that happned to me" In the end I told him I'd sign the slip, I'd remove my place of employment from my FB page and I would continue to say whatever the heck I wanted.
@pandora22 (868)
• Romania
31 Mar 12
i would never give any password to anyone.i simply can't see any reason why they need the facebook pass.it is true that addind you as friends they can see what is on your face book,but having your pass means so much more,like posting content and other stuff.i believe that id stealing on social sites has reached a high level.i would find another job for sure.is somehow like asking your credit card pass.
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@CTHanum (8234)
• Malaysia
31 Mar 12
yeah the reason why they need it will be questioned as it nothing to do with them. They are trying to stealing it in a frank way. I hope what the employer means is they want the username not the password but I wonder if the employee really want to add them as their friends. If they really mean they want the password it just too rude~(^^)
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