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Posted Saturday, January 12, 2013 4:46 PM
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I've never experienced this but found it bizarre. If I was ever asked to provide access to my social media accounts I would treat it the same as a request for my banking information: 1) No ! and 2) You'll be hearing from my attorney.

http://www.infoworld.com/t/internet-privacy/new-laws-keep-employers-out-of-worker-social-media-accounts-210150



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I would never give any of my social media accounts to somebody else.



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Posted Monday, January 14, 2013 5:06 AM


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No.

Everything I do publicly, my employer actually has some interest in. That's especially true for me, being a public rep for a company. But what I do privately, whether in meat space or online, is none of their business. Period. So, I would provide them with my public persona in social media, but no, no passwords or private connections.


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Posted Monday, January 14, 2013 6:24 AM
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I can respect that, especially if the salary is commensurate with the responsibilities.


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Posted Monday, January 14, 2013 7:43 AM


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If an employer (or potential employer) wants to know about my private life that badly, hire a PI. At least then, digging into my private life is going to:
A) Cost them money
B) Not get them everything unless the PI follows me around for a year or two

The closest equivalent I can think of for something like this would be me asking a potential employer for the password to their Sharepoint / Wiki / company electronic bulletin board system / internal forums. After all, if they want to poke through my personal information before deciding to hire me ("We really like you, but those drunken photos from your spring break at that Hedonism II resort just don't fit with our corporate image. We know those were taken 15 years ago on your first spring break, but...") then I should be able to look through their "personal" information ("Well, I was really looking forward to working here, until I saw the posts on your forum from the staff of the department complaining about the constant direction changes, projects being cancelled one day then started back up two days later, and regular 16 hour marathon work days.")

I take keeping my work and private lives quite seriously, I do not "friend" anyone from work on Facebook, and I do not post anything on LinkedIn that I wouldn't want co-workers to see (considering I don't think I've ever posted anything to LinkedIn...)

As it is, I really only use Facebook to keep up on what the rest of my family is doing, and while I've got some photos up on Facebook, they're of things like family get-togethers for X-Mas.
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Posted Wednesday, January 16, 2013 5:10 AM


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Facebook terms of service states: -

Safety

We do our best to keep Facebook safe, but we cannot guarantee it. We need your help to keep Facebook safe, which includes the following commitments by you:

<snip>

You will not collect users' content or information, or otherwise access Facebook, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our prior permission.

<snip>

You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.

<snip>

Registration and Account Security


Facebook users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:

<snip>

You will not share your password (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.


Which pretty much knocks this all on the head, even if it wasn't creepy as hell.



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If an employer (or potential employer) wants to know about my private life that badly, hire a PI. At least then, digging into my private life is going to:
A) Cost them money
B) Not get them everything unless the PI follows me around for a year or two

The closest equivalent I can think of for something like this would be me asking a potential employer for the password to their Sharepoint / Wiki / company electronic bulletin board system / internal forums. After all, if they want to poke through my personal information before deciding to hire me ("We really like you, but those drunken photos from your spring break at that Hedonism II resort just don't fit with our corporate image. We know those were taken 15 years ago on your first spring break, but...") then I should be able to look through their "personal" information ("Well, I was really looking forward to working here, until I saw the posts on your forum from the staff of the department complaining about the constant direction changes, projects being cancelled one day then started back up two days later, and regular 16 hour marathon work days.")

I take keeping my work and private lives quite seriously, I do not "friend" anyone from work on Facebook, and I do not post anything on LinkedIn that I wouldn't want co-workers to see (considering I don't think I've ever posted anything to LinkedIn...)

As it is, I really only use Facebook to keep up on what the rest of my family is doing, and while I've got some photos up on Facebook, they're of things like family get-togethers for X-Mas.


+1

Employers here in the UK (as I guess elsewhere) do try to find out what they can on Facebook etc about their potential employees, but only by using their own accounts set up for this purpose. I would give an employer (real or potential) this information as much as I would give them my on line banking details!


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Posted Friday, January 18, 2013 6:05 AM
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I guess I'm lucky because I have nothing to provide! I haven't had any interest in Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites; although SSC is somewhat social.

I suppose if I was in FB, my profile would be set to private, and private means private, so I wouldn't provide a potential employer that information.




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Posted Friday, January 18, 2013 11:06 AM
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That's a very disturbing question. I'd be torn between two responses:

I honor the contractual agreement with the social media sites I use not to divulge those credentials, just as I will honor the contractual agreement we make should you hire me. I don't give you my login credentials to their site anymore than I give them my login credentials to your network.

and

Good question! No, in the interest of security, I never give my personal login credentials to anyone else, whether they're for a government account, a corporate account for this or any other company, or a personal account.
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Posted Friday, January 18, 2013 11:17 AM
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Maybe the larger question is why an employer would have the gall to request this.


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