Potential Employers Demanding Facebook Logins
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 1 April 2012, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 1 April 2012, I answered a question on potential employers demanding Facebook logins.
Should employers ask applicants for their Facebook logins and passwords? More employers are asking job applicants for their Facebook logins and passwords as part of a background check. Of course, applicants can decline, in which case they might not be considered for the job. Should employers be asking for this information? Is it proper to want to check on the online activities of potential employees? Is that an invasion of privacy? How should someone respond if asked by a potential employer?
My Answer, In Brief: For an employer to ask for your Facebook login and password is a serious invasion of privacy, breach of security, and display of distrust. An employer concerned about the online activities of its employees can and should use other methods.
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