Future Employers Want Your Facebook Password

Add a comment March 7th, 2012  

Future Employers Want Your Facebook Password, Employers and colleges are asking applicants for Facebook accounts and passwords, but it’s against Facebook’s terms of service to give out one’s password.. Would you give your Facebook account and password to get a job or get into your first-choice college? Several government agencies and colleges are now asking applicants to do just that.

We first wrote about the trend last year, when the Maryland Department of Corrections and Public Safety made it mandatory for new hires to give Facebook accounts and passwords to check for gang ties. An employee tipped off the ACLU and the state suspended the practice. However, the state is still getting the information because although the information is only voluntary, virtually all applicants agree to it out of a desire to score well in the interview, MSNBC reported.

Increasingly at colleges, student athletes must “friend” a coach or administration compliance officer so their social media messages and photos can be monitored.

Is this a violation of First Amendment rights? At least one lawyer said so, calling the new policies OK for totalitarian regime but not one protected by the U.S. Constitution.

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