Govt. agencies, colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords

Source: Bob Sullivan, MSNBC, Red Tape blog, March 6, 2012

If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can’t see your private posts, guess again.

Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and some are demanding full access from job applicants and student athletes.

In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state’s Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.

Previously, applicants were asked to surrender their user name and password, but a complaint from the ACLU stopped that practice last year. While submitting to a Facebook review is voluntary, virtually all applicants agree to it out of a desire to score well in the interview, according Maryland ACLU legislative director Melissa Coretz Goemann….
See also:
Can Interviewers Insist on ‘Shoulder Surfing’ Your Facebook Page?
Source: Martha C. White, Time, Moneyland, March 9, 2012
Want A Job? Password, Please!
Source: Meredith Curtis, ACLU of Maryland, February 18, 2012

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