(Closed) WWYD? Being forced to log onto facebook at work…

posted 4 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you give your employer your facebook PASSWORD?
    I would. I have nothing to hide. : (9 votes)
    2 %
    I would out of fear of being let go. : (9 votes)
    2 %
    I would but would feel uncomfortable doing so. : (16 votes)
    3 %
    I don't know what I would do. : (23 votes)
    5 %
    I would not. I have nothing to hide but it is my personal property. : (190 votes)
    40 %
    I would not. I have something I would not want them to know. : (3 votes)
    1 %
    I would ask questions before I gave them my password. : (32 votes)
    7 %
    It is NOT okay that they are requesting this. : (194 votes)
    41 %
    It is TOTALLY okay that they are asking this. : (3 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    4442 posts
    Honey bee
    • 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
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    This is totally out of line. Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right 

    Post # 5
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    3199 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @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
    1125 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    If I was making like 5k-6k a month THEN I would consider it.


    Post # 9
    8888 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    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
    3736 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    What has their HR department advised? I would ask HR if it was a legal and ethical request.

    Post # 11
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • 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
    340 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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
    1328 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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 # 15
    6207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • 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

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