|Employers Now Asking for Facebook Passwords|
Employers traditionally want to get the best employees they can get. To this end, employers spend countless hours peering over resumes, references, and even essays explaining why their applications want the job. Some employers even conduct extensive criminal background checks, scrutinizing every aspect of your personal and professional lives. They may even do a web search for you and might happen across your Facebook page.
In a move that has stunned NCCC, some businesses are asking their applicants to give up their Facebook passwords as part of the application process.
Even thought it’s wrong, immoral, unethical and an invasion of your privacy, businesses are still requesting Facebook passwords for their employees. Instantly, they have access to your account, personal messages, status updates, and all of your 'likes' from Coca-Cola down to Good Housekeeping. This practice is wrong and should be banned immediately.
Unfortunately, the Facebook Password Amendment proposed by Representative Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, which would have prohibited companies from requesting your Facebook password, has been rejected.
Until legislation reaches the consumer to ban this practice, take a minute to think about how badly you need that job if a company is asking for your private information. If the perspective employer is acting this way before you are even hired, can you imagine what the employer would be like once you are hired?
NCCC calls upon legislators to quickly pass legislation that would prohibit employers from asking for personal account information, such as Facebook passwords, in an effort to protect the privacy of consumers.