Published on March 21st, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria1
Troubling Trend of Potential Employers Demanding Facebook Logins Persists
A few isolated stories have popped up over the years wherein a job applicant is told to supply logins for Facebook, enabling potential employers not only to invade the applicant’s privacy, but that of the applicant’s friends, family, former co-workers and significant others.
And while the reaction to such a request may widely be assumed to be “hell to the no,” remember that discrimination laws exist for a specific reason- like to prevent those in power from wielding it in such a way that individuals have no power to protest such a vastly overreaching demand. Were no one to speak up about the inappropriateness of opening your most private communications to all and sundry, such a practice would quickly become standard and no one would have privacy anymore.
BusinessWeek recently did a lengthy profile of the practice, citing specific incidents in which candidates were rejected or turned away upon refusal to provide the info. Justin Bassett, a statistician out of New York City, is one of the dissenters who spoke to the site:
“I think asking for account login credentials is regressive,” he said. “If you need to put food on the table for your three kids, you can’t afford to stand up for your belief.”
Have you been asked to violate Facebook’s Terms of Service and allow a third party to log in to your account in order to get a necessary job?