Want a Job? Fork Over Your Facebook Password, Employer Says

Paul Lilly

We get it, nearly everyone's on Facebook these days, some of whom reveal a little too much about themselves. You should be careful what you post. Why? Because employers check Facebook profiles of prospective job hires; that's old news. Alternately, go nuts with what you post and be selective in the people you allow to view your profile. But what happens when an employer asks for your username and password during a job interview?

Maybe you take yourself out of the running and walk out of there just as quickly as you arrived, which is what Justin Bassett, a statistician living in New York, did during a job interview, according to an AP report . Bassett willingly answered questions about his character and other standard fare queries, but as AP tells it, the interviewer tried to look up his Facebook profile only to find that it was set to private, so she asked him for his login credentials.

Bassett isn't the only one to run into this, AP says, and some people are in no position to decline. They can, of course, but when you're hard up for a job and there's potential work sitting right in front of you, it's difficult to get up and walk away. For the time being, this practice appears to be legal.

Proposed legislation in Illinois and Maryland want to make it illegal for companies to ask for login credentials to social networking sites, AP says. And what does Facebook think? The world's most popular playground tells AP that it forbids "anyone from soliciting the login information or accessing an account belonging to someone else."

Do you think employers should be allowed to ask for login credentials? What about law enforcement agencies, where the practice is supposedly more prevalent?

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