Probe sought into password requests

Mar 25, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Politico

Two U.S. senators are asking Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews are violating federal law, their offices announced Sunday.

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Since: Jan 07

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Mar 25, 2012
 
In some sectors, FB pages are already being monitored through networking. Some months ago, ayoung colleague who is employed by the school district from which I retired was called on the carpet by the principal. The dressing down was so vehement that she actually had to go home, too distraught to continue teaching. What was her crime? She posted some pictures taken in the classroom of a student who had died suddenly on a memorial page established by his family. The pictures were taken on a festive occasion in a foreign language class. The teacher immediately took the pictures down as ordered but they were reposted by the family who apparently were pleased to have them

One of the assistant principals apparently spends administrative time monitoring the FB accounts of both faculty and staff. They now rarely post anything publicly but network privately. The young teacher posted the pictures at home, not at school and not using school equipment. Interestingly, the righteous principal has been placed on administrative leave after being discovered in a compromising position with a staff member by janitors who were doing "heavy cleaning" on a holiday when the building should have been empty. Tin gods...

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Since: Jan 08

Atlanta via Brooklyn NY

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Mar 25, 2012
 
Monitoring a page is a bit different from giving someone access to manipulate and edit the page by giving them the password.

Anyone can goggle our name and find our facebook page, tweets, etc.

But giving passwords out is not needed to monitor. Passwords are need to allow access to add, remove, or modify content.

I can't see how or why an employee needs that level of "monitoring". I'm glad the DOJ is looking at this.

An employer would have a hard time explaining why they need passwords which gives ability to modify Facebook content of the employee.
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Mar 25, 2012
 
A nosy employer is an abusive employer! What employees do on their own time is none of their business as long as it doesn't affect their performance on the job! Employers need to realize that they are hiring an employee not purchasing a slave!
sam

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Mar 25, 2012
 
To give employers the right to invade the privacy of job applicants would be like giving Congressmen the right to the Presidents credit card numbers.
sam

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#5
Mar 25, 2012
 
Back in the 20"s and 30"s employers treated employees as second class citizens or slaves.After thousands of murders on both sides,Unions were born to create peace after this type of abuse by greedy, rich employers.It will never be tolerated again in the United States by free citizens.If Business people must abuse employees,let them stay in countrys that still have slavery.The US does not.

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Mar 25, 2012
 

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Even without the actual password, potential employers can learn a great deal about applicants. A few years ago, Millersville University attempted to sabotage an education major's future by withholding certification because of a picture of her holding a beer. Since then, collleges and universities have been warning students about posting pictures and comments on sites that can be accessed without their knowledge or consent. Even people with "private profiles" can show up on other people's public pages. Handing over passwords just makes it easier.

As far as the difference betweeen hiring an employee and purchasing a slave is concerned, one wonders. Depending upon the employer, only non-smokers, infrequent drinkers or complete abstainers, and the physically fit need apply. If an applicant has ever been treated for depression or more serious psychological problems, his application goes into the circular file. In the past, employees were evaluated on their on the job performance; today their whole lives are subject to scrutiny. And more than likely, the arbiters of acceptability are not dissimilar to the principal in my first post.
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Mar 25, 2012
 
Hey no one questions the fascist corporations.

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Mar 25, 2012
 
Ask any Home Depot employee about this practice. I have - they are monitored, and anything relating to Home Depot on an employees FB page that corporate becomes aware of call the employee in, and warn them prior to dismissal.
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Mar 26, 2012
 
Why ask that big stupid retard to do anything. Holder is STUPID STUPID STUPID.
Justin

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Mar 26, 2012
 
LOL! I don't even have a FaceBook page.

If an employer is only willing to hire people who hand over their internet passwords, then they are severely narrowing the range of candidates they can recruit from. The best and brightest people are not going to comply.
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Mar 27, 2012
 
It it the role of government to regulate what an employer can do to or for it's employees?
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Mar 27, 2012
 
No Child Left wrote:
... In the past, employees were evaluated on their on the job performance; ...
That view is not supported by history or my personal experience. Take, for example, the "casting couch".
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Mar 27, 2012
 
Hmmm...maybe employees, and those that patronize these businesses, should be given free and easy access to the company's:

1. FB password.

2. Full credit history (including that held under former dba names).

3. Commercial residence history.

These employees might also be given free and easy access to upper-management personnel:

1. Social security numbers.

2. Personal credit history.

3. History of residence.

4. Educational history.

5. Offspring data (i.e. number, sex, etc).

6. Marriage status (single, divorced, etc).

7. Medical records.

While we're at it, let's allow these employees and patrons the right to sell this business and upper-management personnel data for $5 or more a pop to any and all "takers".

Sounds far fetched right?

Wrong, businesses have been allowed to do most, or part of, the above for years.

Justin

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Mar 28, 2012
 
Questioner wrote:
It it the role of government to regulate what an employer can do to or for it's employees?
It's actually local governments who are asking for access to job applicacant facebook accounts.

Alpharetta police, fire check applicant social media accounts
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/alpharet...
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Mar 28, 2012
 
If employers need more information about an employee.why don't they just ask the employee?By not asking the employee,they are in fact calling the employee a liar and insinuating the employee is a liar and less than honest.If employees are asked to give thier private passwords,they are entitled to the passwords of the employer.
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Mar 29, 2012
 
I holder were any dumber, he'd be Spike Lee.
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#21
Apr 1, 2012
 
Employers are not Gods.The U.S. government should not give them that status.They are merely business people.
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#22
Apr 3, 2012
 
it's all to slowdown hiring in US.

Don't believe these numbers cooked up just for Presidential election…

I get multiple calls for all very suitable positions and that's far it goes nothing happens. Then I see in news they are paying 6 figures to foreign temp workers for the same job. What is happening to the hiring citizens first? How do they not know that could hurt economy? Mostly foreign workers from countries where population is over Billion/ Billion and half so you know there are millions that they can hire. So what are the chances…
Now all of a sudden we are all together as 7 Billion world population due to Globalization this is big stress on the system and if stretched it will only break….
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#23
Apr 4, 2012
 
The rich are loving thier success at reducing the American workers to slave status.This accounts for the increases in police and the new "Homeland Security" who are the new German SS troopers.In the event of an uprising ,there are now 5 police officers from 40 agencys for every worker above poverty level still employed.Thanks a lot Conservative Republicans.This is what happens when our government gives everything to the rich who don't even pay thier share of taxes.
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#24
Apr 4, 2012
 
They can have the password to my bank account too while they are at it,as it doesn't exist anymore since the 2000 election.

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