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Friday, December 02, 2011

Job Applicants: Please Provide Your ATM Password and All Bank Account Numbers

It hasn’t come to this yet, but at this rate — who knows what’s next?  At a police department in North Carolina, applicants for a clerical position are being asked to disclose all social media (e.g. Facebook) accounts AND their user name and password to these accounts.

WTF???  This has to be a new low.  And how much lower can it go from here?

Is this even legal?  It’s easy to just shrug it off with “so, don’t apply for a job there.”  But there are millions of people who are desperate, frantic to find a job, any job.  And they’d probably jump through whatever hoops a potential employer tells them to jump through.

If these Orwellian Kafkaesque practices aren’t against the law, they should be.

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Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Some more of that right wing "respect" for "freedom," I'm sure.

December 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure this wont survive a court challenge. The Cops will have to do it the old fashioned way:

1. Make them sign a confidentiality agreement. Add on that Social Networking sites will be monitored for compliance.
2. Forbid the use of Work computers for personal use (especially social networking).
3. Have someone periodically monitor the Networking site and catch something before the public


December 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Fear of ourselves will just keep this kind of thing coming at us.

December 3, 2011 at 3:40 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

This is why once I get damoclesed, I'm only working fast food joints. All this porn surfing won't ever be an issue.

December 3, 2011 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: I guess they want employers to have the "freedom" to pry into every nook and cranny of their employees' private lives.

Erik: LOL. Let's hear it for the old fashioned way.

MRM: Fear makes the world go around.

Randal: After the mass Damoclesation, we'll all be working at fast food joints.

December 3, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Prospective employers have no more right to a job seeker or employee's personal online information than they have a right to full access to a job seeker or employee's home at any time of the day nor night to ensure there's no behavior going on the employer might not approve of.

That said, a whole lot of teenagers and young adults are really sticking it to themselves with their Facebook, Twitter and other online points of presence. Many have been warned but surprisingly few have paid attention.

December 4, 2011 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: You're right, it seems like Facebook, Twitter and a bunch of other social media, are all coming back to bite their users. It's definitely wrong -- ethically if not legally -- for employers to require an employee's Facebook password.

For a police dept. or any other government agency to be pulling this, it's too ironic.

December 4, 2011 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I brought this article to my administration of justice class today. Our Professor, a retired police chief was a bit surprised. He says in his department during your interview they sit you in front of a desktop, have you log in to your networking accounts and then turn it over to them while they go through your account.

Makes more sense


December 6, 2011 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: That's still pretty nosy, but at least it's better than demanding the person's login ID and password.

December 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM  

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