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March 23, 2012
cant ask them for that...ppl still have rights ...
I'm not sure we've heard from the working background investigators (but I don't know).
To me, the "password" thing is beside the point--I do not think it's right for employers to ask you to let them look (i.e. you enter the password, they get to look). Social media sites such as Google+ and Facebook are allowing greater control over what appears to the general public (i.e. people not on your "friends" lists). For those people utilizing that greater control, sometimes nothing at all shows on the wall if it wasn't specifically shared with you. That's why I use the analogy of the private gathering in your home.
Potential Employer: "May we sit in on your private gathering and listen, watch, record, take notes, pictures, etcetera?"
Me: "Not just 'No.', but ...." well you know the rest. :)
Potential Employer: "NEXT!"
That's why we need clarification--either with new legislation, a statement by the SCOTUS, or something...
This has been a very interesting subject to talk about. It does seem as though everyone agrees, no passwords handed out to employers.
I know you can report to FB if someone is impersonating you. I've had to do that 2x's now. One out of Traverse City, Michigan, and one out of someplace in the LA area. I've set up my password to FB that there is no way anybody could guess it.
This is a public place and your employer and potential employer may look at it all they want. I have no problem with that because it is a reasonable way to gather information on your that is out in public. I do not and will not give them my password as that allows them to "be" you! They can post, delete, change anything you say or do. No, that is beyond any permission level. If you do not run your mouth, backtalk your supervisors and employer, then neither you or him should have a problem with it. You can look, but you can't touch, alter, or delete me so you cannot have my password.
From the way I've heard background investigators talk, nothing is off limits to them. They need to walk that back a bit, IMO.
Wow. How far is too far?
In my background ck for the security company I'm working for now they even wanted the names of my adult children! They asked what social networks I belong to. Wish I'd remembered PL. Seems like there's no privacy anymore. Does anyone know if this violates any of our constitutional rights by asking for our passwords to our social networking sites?
You want one even worse than you're social media passwords? I have applied to a couple departments that wanted my account number to not only my loans but also my bank accounts. They made the excuse of saying they wanted it so to see if I was susceptible to taking bribes. Now not only is that an invasion of privacy but also showing no trust before I've even put in an application.
Yup--this is just like a walk through your private quarters.
"Can we sit here and listen to you and your friends' private conversations?"
Why, sure--let me see your warrant.
Facebook... my personal email account? NO! NO! NO! You also can't have the keys to my house! This should be called invading your privacy 101. Whatever it is they are looking for can be found in a background investigation.
Keep it clean and no problem. I don't use profanity nor knock an employer. I once showed a pic with some cleveage however.
First, I'm glad I'm not on Facebook. Now if you want my PL password the answer is NO! Do you also want my email password so you can browse my inbox? Again, the answer is NO! Google me all you want...
What the Chiefs or upper brass's password???? Who do they give it??? People have a right to some privacy....As long as they are not posting department business what difference does it make???? I guess they do it this way so they stay on the legal side of entering someones account...
i just dont think that this is right.its your space. thats going to far.
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