Yes there won't be any need to share our passwords with third person. Passwords are our private keys to access personal info's and why I have to share it with others. Moreover, I think it's against the online privacy policies of most of the social Medias.
It's amazing to me that anyone in a hiring position would rationalize asking a candidate for his/her personal login info on ANY account. Why not ask them for their bank account login to see if they're financially solvent? Wrong. Very wrong. And since it takes two to tango, who in their right mind is going to hand that data over? To me that's an indication of propitiation which isn't a good characteristic to look for in a staff member.
@Ashish: I completely agree with your perspective regarding your daughter. I am facing the same dilemma with my son. Here's a recent example from the good old US of A: A teenager wrote a negative rant about her parents on Facebook. Her father took her laptop, shot it with a gun 3 times, and posted that on YouTube. Not only is airing family problems publicly a really bad idea, but what is your first impression of these people? The father is in IT as a matter of fact. Would you hire this guy? Would you let his daughter babysit for you? Worse, they both went on national TV to discuss this "issue."
I think aspects of Facebook and all aspects of reality TV are going to destroy civilization as we know it.
True, and in addition to that, the employee probably would never have a chance to address an issue or question that the employer may have after reviewing a social media website, unless the employer takes the inititate to call back the applicant. However, I could convince myself that there is a case for social media review for certain employers - public education comes to mind because the meida could easily come into use in the work environment, in communication with students.
I don't think they should do it either based on the separation of work and private life. It seems like soon, your private life may matter more than your professional credentials. But I doubt governments will want to get involved in thise subject since it is messy and might set the wrong precedent.
I'll have to admit, I'm not sure how I feel about an employer asking a prospective employee for the password to their parsonal account. That seems a little intrusive to me. At the same time, I have a daughter who is finishing college and ready to go out into the professional world, and we have been preaching to her for a long time abouth the dangers of putting too much personal information online. She has been a good listener, but I am sometimes shocked at what others will post. Social media is a forum where discretion is the better part of wisdom!
Theoretically, I can see walking out of an office and refusing to comply with the request. Unfortunately, the job market isn't what it used to be and I think it would depend on the company, the job and other factors. But I agree, on prinicple, being asked for my Facebook login is insulting.
The other option I dream of is asking the HR person if I could read their Facebook page. Many companies ask applicants if they have any question about the company, and that seems to be a good reply.
@Ashish - I totally agree with your assertion regarding security on social media websites of any kind - there is no such thing as privacy. One should always assume that what they post (and what other post on their sites) is available for the world to see. To assume anything else is naive.
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