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Patrick is a mid-40 year old geek with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master's degree in Information Systems. Nothing he says here has anything to do with the official position of his employer or any other institution.

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  1. Avatar Will Truman says:

    One thing that hasn’t been discussed as much as it should be is the privacy of people who know the person applying for the job. When I give “friends” access to my life, I am giving it to the people I choose to and not potential employers. Not just status updates, but also my phone number, email address, and so on. This is not just an issue between person and potential employer.

    This is why I take a *much* harder line on sharing passwords than I do on “You have to friend us so we can see your profile.”Report

  2. Avatar BSK says:

    Boom goes the dynamite.Report

  3. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    Before I interview, I always get the names of the people I’m going to meet.   A few Google queries, and twenty bucks apiece for a background check and I know more about them than their spouses do.Report

  4. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    The one I’m waiting to hear about is the prospect offered a job who publicly refuses the offer, based on the lack of willingness by the executive management team to hand over their Facebook passwords so the prospect might better ensure they are the kind of people worth working for.Report

  5. Avatar DavidTC says:

    Facebook TOS:

    3.5) You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.

    4.8) You will not share your password, (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.

    I wonder how much someone would win in a lawsuit about the time they went to a job interview and were asked, or were already employed and asked by their employer, to help break the law by helping commit unauthorized computer access of a third party.

    You know, actually having ‘Employees must turn over Facebook passwords’ as a policy would seem to pierce the corporate veil, considering it’s a clear violation of the law.Report