You might need to start including your Facebook password on your resume.
Some employers are getting down to business by requesting access to private online information. In a March 23 press release, Facebook detailed this new problem:
“In recent months, we’ve seen a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles or private information,” said the statement. “This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends. It also potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability.”
USA TODAY detailed the problem — and the congressional response — in a recent story.
This idea of employers stalking private Facebook accounts and passwords is not sitting well with some users.
“First of all, why? I can maybe see looking at my wall but not actually accessing my account or password,” said Brigham Young University student Lindsey Larson. “That’s crossing a boundary.”
Some Facebook users accept the idea of showing their Facebook to their potential employers — but only if they are not required to disclose their password.
“Some people block their accounts. This would give them full access, nothing to hide,” said Utah Valley University student Torrey Fountain. “I would offer to log into my Facebook and let them look at it, but I wouldn’t give them my password.”
In the press release, Facebook said that no user should be forced to share their password to get a job, and that it could violate the individual’s privacy as well as their friends’ privacy.
In response, Facebook took a stand by making giving out your password to an employer or asking for a password a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
While it is not a great idea for users to share their passwords, it could also present a problem for snoopy employers as well. There is a liability that comes with knowing private information and protecting it. Facebook has also said that it will take legal action or possibly talk to policymakers if their users’ rights are being continuously violated by potential or current employers.
“While we will continue to do our part, it is important that everyone on Facebook understands they have a right to keep their password to themselves, and we will do our best to protect that right,” said Facebook.
Despite anger aimed at some employers, some users are trying to be more tongue-in-cheek and joke about sharing their accounts and passwords.
“I would create a fake account and put my password as something awesome like: BieberFeverxoxo,” said graduate Brian Anderson.
Whether your password is silly or serious, your “bieberfever” is safe for now.
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