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May 2012

Want a job? Hand over your privacy!

When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references.So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.Source: FacebookBassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldnt see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didnt want to work for a company that would seek such personal information.

via Jobseekers Get Asked for Facebook Passwords – US Business News – CNBC.

Now this is just pure wrong. I can see an employer viewing someone’s social network profile, but dammit all to hell if we are going to just hand over the password to someone who you just met. That’s just pushing it, in my book! Think about it for a second. The person you’re being interviewed by, you don’t know this person! Sure they have leverage in the sense that you’re looking for a job and they have the keys to the employment castle. But why must you hand over your password? The best thing to do is either have a separate “public” profile or before the interview make your current social network profile set to public viewing.  But I don’t think handing your password to a stranger is simply justified.

What’s good for the goose may be good for the gander.

There is always the fear, I keep hearing from some, of the state imposing some sort of hardship upon the rights of the individual. But what about outside the government? Why should an organized private body, be it say an organized religion or an incorporated business or non-state political group have such a privilege to do such upon you? If you have qualms about the state mandating private health insurance upon you, then should you have such hostility towards an employer mandating their personal religious views upon you when it has nothing to do with the job??