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People, of course it's legal. They can ask anything they want and make a decision based on your responses whether or not they actually get access to your account.

It's interesting--I have and infrequently use FB--don't really post much of anything other than pictures, and nothing that I would be worried if anyone saw. That being said, I keep my account private. I'm wondering if it wouldn't behoove me to change my primary "play" FB account name and login, and create a "professional" one and post various "proper" things for a time. I don't plan to change jobs anytime soon, but if something like this is going to become the norm and unchallenged, it would be smart to do something like this.

All you people crying foul and saying you won't give up your credentials--that's great, but good luck scoring the job.
    
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I have no Facebook account. Does that mean I won't get hired?

That is exactly what it means.
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If this ever became the norm, kiss goodbye to any private life or values.

This kinda sickens me, and i hate Facebook.
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How is this even legal? If this becomes a norm, I would just change the e-mail and name on my account before applying for a job and they won't even know I have one. Sorry, you can't be forced to provide your password to ANYONE, not even law enforcement unless you are withholding evidence/obstructing justice to protect someone other than yourself.

I believe they would need a warrant still. A police officer can not harass you for your password.
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Maybe Facebook will end up creating some sort of "Employer password" option on everyone's account. You give that employer password and they would be able to look through some content in your profile but not all of it and they can't make changes to anything. Even then this is sort of invasive. It's one thing to look at the content on your wall and it's a totally different thing to demand full access to your account with the ability to view your private messages and other content that you have set as private for a reason.

Doubtful. Facebook is very against giving away your personal info.

Selling it on the other hand... you might be on to something.

They do need a warrant to confiscate your computer. What I meant was if you happen to have passwords to log in or passwords on your files and they confiscated your computer with a warrant, they can't force you to give out any passwords if the evidence on the computer is to incriminate YOU. However, if you hold evidence that can help them serve justice to someone else, you do have to provide the password; if you don't, you are obstructing justice.
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If I was ever asked to hand over my password for whatever social media I use, I would reply "Well, only if you give me your own personal password, I would like to know what sort of person I would be working for" and if they laughed and said no, then they can take their crappy office 9-6 job somewhere else.
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Student-athletes in colleges around the country also are finding out they can no longer maintain privacy in Facebook communications because schools are requiring them to "friend" a coach or compliance officer, giving that person access to their “friends-only” posts.

Surely people know how to block individuals within the privacy section of Facebook? I have some of my pictures blocked from even close friends because they always take my pictures which I have uploaded and photoshop them etc and post on their own page.
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That's my 2 cents about the situation. I will not bend over and let them invade my privacy. No way.

The unfortunate thing is, where you won't, someone else will. Law of supply & demand... there is a never-ending supply of people who need jobs in order to survive, and eventually, employers will find the one qualified and desperate enough to accept these gestapo tactics.
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...then they can take their crappy office 9-6 job somewhere else.

Smaller, non crappy non office jobs can be even more selective about who they hire.

In my experience, they have been more invasive and unreasonable than a cookie cutter job, but obviously every outfit is different. My last cool little non conventional stick-it-to-the-man, counterculture friendly job turned out to be a Nazi nightmare of personal life invasion and unwillingness to allow me to be me (using Myspace to track down my friends and question my literature choices, etc). I'm all for telling them to shove it, but the reality is that even honest and non invasive places want to know who you are and if you will fit in.
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is this for real?! i would just tell them that i don't have a facebook account. whats next? your bank account?

They can already run your name and SS# through financial reports, so yes. This is common practice for most companies and has been for a couple of decades.
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screw jobs, i have parents to depend on for the rest of my life biggrin.gif
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People, of course it's legal. They can ask anything they want and make a decision based on your responses whether or not they actually get access to your account.
It's interesting--I have and infrequently use FB--don't really post much of anything other than pictures, and nothing that I would be worried if anyone saw. That being said, I keep my account private. I'm wondering if it wouldn't behoove me to change my primary "play" FB account name and login, and create a "professional" one and post various "proper" things for a time. I don't plan to change jobs anytime soon, but if something like this is going to become the norm and unchallenged, it would be smart to do something like this.
All you people crying foul and saying you won't give up your credentials--that's great, but good luck scoring the job.

This. Its all a game. Just make another Facebook and presto.
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