Facebook slams some employers for asking for Facebook passwords

There are over 850 million people now registered to use Facebook. Many of those users have jobs where their employers monitor their Facebook activities. It's not unknown for a business to fire an employee based on what they have discovered on the employee's Facebook page.

However, a few companies are taking things to the next level and asking employees to give up their Facebook passwords. This is a practice that Facebook has now come out against in a new public post on its Facebook Privacy page.

Written by Erin Egan, Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer, the post points out that it is a violation of Facebook's policies for anyone to give out their password or to solicit a Facebook password from another person.

Egan writes:

We don’t think employers should be asking prospective employees to provide their passwords because we don’t think it’s right the thing to do. But it also may cause problems for the employers that they are not anticipating. For example, if an employer sees on Facebook that someone is a member of a protected group (e.g. over a certain age, etc.) that employer may open themselves up to claims of discrimination if they don’t hire that person.

Egan adds that Facebook will do whatever it can to protect the privacy of its users. That may even include "initiating legal action, including by shutting down applications that abuse their privileges."

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They can have my password as soon as I'm given the keys to their homes to make sure that they, as my boss, are living a lifestyle becoming of a professional.

The mistake that a lot of people make is not restricting their content (profile, pics, vids) to "friends only". It takes 5 minutes or less to setup your privacy settings so that strangers can't view your pictures and videos or even your wall. Personally, I would never give an employer my Facebook password. Employers shouldn't be afraid or concerned about someone's Facebook profile just as much as they shouldn't be concerned about someone's private life.

On first sight, it looks like something unacceptable, but then, on second: think about approach to privacy nowaday - people share almost any personal information with big companies for the sake of so called convenience, comfort, do not really care for their butts, so what they want to keep in safe? Perhaps subconscious sense of security only.

I don't even use my real name in real life, same for the internet. I don't appear on intellius and other such websites. If I were asked for facebook info, I'd just say I don't have one. For those who DO use real names, a polite no will suffice...

I never have understood the reasoning behind employers and even schools demanding access to something that is and should remain private... I have never used facebook, and never plan on it either. I work on a Navy base also, and lots of my co-workers have fb accounts and are always talking about it, posting junk on there wall, etc. Now my Wife just inputted that everyone talks sh** about there bosses at times, but I would not be dumb enough to post on Facebook that my boss ****ed me off, that wouldn't be a good idea, not that my boss has a facebook account, but someone would tell her!

Wouldn't give them my password or even accept there friend request if they asked why i woul tell them "my facebook is mine and has nothing to do with the company, if i want to vent about the day i have and mention someones name then thats my choice! Besides its an invasion of my privercy, your not a family member or a friend just my employeer (possible)" If they said i was fired/didnt get the job and its for that reason then its there loss not mine and gives them a bad reputation.

employers do not need to know what goes on outside of work. If Jim is talking **** about the bosses on facebook, give it time, karma will kick him in the butt.

CMG_90 said,
employers do not need to know what goes on outside of work. If Jim is talking **** about the bosses on facebook, give it time, karma will kick him in the butt.

Oh jim, that's how he lost his last job right? Will he ever learn!

CMG_90 said,
employers do not need to know what goes on outside of work. If Jim is talking **** about the bosses on facebook, give it time, karma will kick him in the butt.

It's common practice for anyone looking for employment in a law enforcement position to let their facebook be accessed, or a backed up downloaded copy be combed through.

Honestly. facebook is the least of their worries usually, the background checks are usually very detailed and involve interviewing people in person, aquatints, neighbors various other methods/paths, not to mention the psych and polygraph exams...

CMG_90 said,
employers do not need to know what goes on outside of work. If Jim is talking **** about the bosses on facebook, give it time, karma will kick him in the butt.

Overactive and once bullied HR managers using their position to demand ultimate power! Muhuhahahahahaaaaaa

If my current employer asked for my Facebook password they'd get a few choice words. A potential employer would get a polite NO.

I think for DHS it would be like a test, if you fail to give them your password you must be someone of integrity and unlikely to persuaded to become a double agent. Cash deliveries are your average joe with a background and criminal check, there is no need for any employer to access an employees private life. Would you approve of them installing big brother camera's in your home? Same thing.

I'd give the employer my password to be honest.
Well, that's until they reach the page where it says you need to type in the confirmation code sent by text to continue

JTaylor69 said,
I'd give the employer my password to be honest.
Well, that's until they reach the page where it says you need to type in the confirmation code sent by text to continue

Same here. My Facebook and GMail can't be accessed without access to my phone ^^