In my opinion, I think looking at a person's facebook page before hiring them goes too far. Facebook can disclose many personal things about a person, not related to their work. However, it also goes the other way, in that the person can raise their privacy settings in Facebook so that other's can't see as much about them.
I think to some extent, Companies are getting more interested in moral stand of their staffs these days even though they don,t want to be involved.
To some organisations, working for them and with them goes beyond just resume work in the morning and close for the day in the afternoon.
While a lot of people may not buy this, some organisation don,t joke with this aspect, they see it as a way of knowing that part of you that can never be seen when you go for the interview and definately you don,t appear for an interview with some things.
I'm with you my man! Speaking straight, I'm Not a PE (great respect to those here that are). I am an IT guy with 20 years of paper in 'certs'. The concept flys so against any concept of security... What happened to non-repudiation? That is a basic tenet of security concepts.http://www.certiguide.com/secplus/cg_sp_424NonRepudiation.htm
@Andy: yes, this is a potential game breaker. But I think it will take awhile to sort out the legal implications or to establish precedents that the courts can follow. Heavens knows the last thing we need is more laws, but something like this inevitably heads in that direction.
@Procurement: thanks for the post. That is one of those legal areas that I'm not well-equipped to examine. I do know that both the First Admendment to the US Constitution (freedom of speech) and the Fourth Amendment (prohibiting unnecessary search and seizure) have been held up as reasons to ban the practice. More importantly, as you point out, it renders social media useless to those that actually want to use it for legitimate purposes.
It is illegal to demand someone hand over their password. passwords are protected by federal and int'l law. as a result a court order is needed to obtain access to your account directly thru the provider. Any organzation that requests this info should be reported to the appropriate governing body.
Even manned with your screen name to monitor your posts an organization cannot view your account unless you "friend" them or have public view enabled. So requiring simply isn't plausible as a means to see who you associate with, political or social views, etc.
It's truly frightening that an org. in possession of our passwords could post immoral or illegal content as you or I. Altho you could change or password to prevent acess what if they changed your password - locking you out of your account? The potential to commit fraud or crimse as you is very real. I'm guessing this would render social media as we know it toxic and in the end useless to organziations hoping to use it.
This scenario just doesn't seem plausible. any organization trying to strong arm folks into releasing this information has to be deemed as suspect considering there are no legal checks and balances at this time.
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