Imagine going to a job interview and after answering all of the necessary questions and providing the right information, the interviewer asks you for your Facebook password. Would you hand it over?
That’s what’s happening at various companies throughout the country. Many Facebook users have changed their privacy settings to make sure that only approved people can see their page’s contents. But since employers find Facebook helpful when they’re choosing candidates (just a few minutes of perusing can help them understand what kind of person you are) they may ask you for your password if they can’t access your page.
When members of Facebook heard this, they actually warned employers not to do it for fear of an employer refusing to hire a candidate because of a certain lifestyle. In one of their statements they said, “While we do not have any immediate plans to take legal action against any specific employers, we look forward to engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders, to help better safeguard the privacy of our users.”
Controversy has erupted all over the country and right now, two U.S. senators are looking into whether asking for passwords is against federal law or not. Some state senators have even recently introduced bills prohibiting these actions.
So we want to know: What do you think? Do employers have the right to screen potential employees in ways they see fit? Or is viewing someone’s Facebook profile a violation of privacy?