Post # 1
So I have to try to keep this as non-specific as possible because well, it’s the internet… I know someone who was just hired to work for a local government office. It wasn’t a position that requires much, not a cop or in dispatch or a detective or anything that has a high level of liability. To prove that, this person makes barely above minimum wage.
They’ve put this person through hell with background checks, drug tests, DEMANDS for references, calling neighbors this person has never even met, requiring a social security report run, a voice analyzer test, and more. Out of all of that, half of it was done after this person was hired on (though still during the probationary period)…there was no mention of the stuff that was done after the hiring date before this person accepted the job.
Now they are requiring this person provide their facebook PASSWORD. Not “oh pull up your public page so we can look at it” but “give me your password so I can go on your facebook”. I googled this to find out if it was even legal and in our state it is. But it made me stop and think “if this happened to me, would I go through all these hoops for a job that doesn’t even pay well?”
So bees, if you were already working somewhere (still under your 90 days) and your employer said “give me your facebook password”, would you do it? I can honestly say I don’t know what I would do. I would either lie and say I don’t have a facebook, refuse, or ask them what they were looking for. I have VERY personal stuff on my facebook through PMs, nothing illegal or that would send me to jail but I’ve talked to several friends and family about my sexuality (I’m bisexual), private things, relationships, etc….I do NOT think I would feel okay just giving out my password.
I understand that this isn’t what the employer is looking for, but it is still information that could be used against me (LEGALLY in my state *sigh*). I tried to come up with as many poll options as I could, let me know if there are some I missed!
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@soontobemrsm11: I’m not sure what I would do either. On one hand I have nothing to hide but on the other hand that’s personal! Are they going to do it again later in your career? That’s unreasonable IMO.
Post # 4
This is totally out of line. Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right
Post # 5
Fack no. It’s time to find another job, especially if they are only making barely above min wage. I’m sorry but that is just going to far into someone’s personal space.
Post # 6
@soontobemrsm11: my thing is, if they are working in a high-level office, high enough to require all that other screening, then this office has staff to do things like look at other people’s facebook pages for a living. secondly, while i have nothing to hide, i have very private and personal things on my facebook – for example, lengthy and emotional messages between my cousin and i (we are very close, and she is going through a nasty divorce.) if they really need that information, chances are the office can get it without you relinquishing a password.
FWIW, no, i would not give a password for anything to an employer that wasn’t paying me big money.
Post # 7
I would give it up but wouldn’t be thrilled about it.
When you take on a job as a government employee there are almost always high security checks which could include facebook and at some point during your job period you may come across classified information so they need to know who they can trust, depending on the job they need to also know your views on certain topics.
I’d much rather the Government do thorough checks into personal lives for their employees over just hiring anyone.
Post # 8
If I was making like 5k-6k a month THEN I would consider it.
Post # 9
I don’t think this is okay and I would NOT do it out of principle. I don’t have anything to hide, but I don’t think that is right.
Just my opinion.
Post # 10
What has their HR department advised? I would ask HR if it was a legal and ethical request.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2011 - Downtown 202
I would never give out my password. If they needed to see my Facebook page, I would much rather just show them, but even that seems sketchy.
Post # 12
if the job required some type of security clearance sure, but a job that has nothing to do with security and is low income then no
Post # 13
I have heard about this before, either before someone is hired or after. In a lot of states the laws haven’t caught up to technology so while this seems like a huge issue it’s technically legal in many areas. There have been a lot of lawsuits popping up because of this. The big argument that seems to come up is that the nonpublic areas of facebook, like PMs you mentioned, have details about sexuality, religion, etc. These are things that are for sure illegal for an employer to ask about (at least before someone is hired. I don’t know the specifics of the law regarding during the probation period but I would think it is similar).
If this happened to me I would say that I was happy to show them my public profile. Beyond that, just like I would not let them read my mail, tap my phone, or read the texts on my phone, there is no way they are getting my password.
Post # 14
@kris325: I understand the security issue. My mom worked for the government & my best friend’s dad does as well (WAYYYYY high up. In HIS position I would expect this lol) but this person is not in a job that has access to much more than say, I do working in the financial industry. I have people’s account information, social security numbers, names, phone numbers, sometimes passwords, all of their MONEY. From what this person has told me, I do not think they have access to too much more than I do. I definitely understand the need for some of the stuff they are requesting and definitely think they are being very thorough but to me this takes it to beyond an extreme. Requesting to look at your profile would be one thing, but having access to your personal messages is something else IMO
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I would just give it to them. I don’t have anything personal on Facebook, since it’s all property of Facebook anyway
Post # 16
@LilRhodyGem: They did not ask the HR department about it. It was sprung up and very sudden without warning. That’s a good question though. I will suggest this person talks to HR about it even though it’s after the fact.