Applying for jobs can be stressful in and of itself, but what if you were required to turn over private information in order to get hired???
No need to completely sanitize your online identity just yet. Two U.S. Senators have begun investigating a practice that’s been occurring where bosses’ ask for info, like Facebook passwords, in the hiring process.
One of the lawmakers looking into this, Senator Charles Schumer, says:
"An employer shouldn't be allowed into that almost sacred domain of things you just share with your five best friends, or your spouse or your child. You shouldn't be required to give up your private life just to get a job."
Amen to that!! Talk about invasion of privacy!
Both Schumer and Senator Richard Blumenthal think the practice might be violating computer fraud laws because of its invasiveness. They also believe it’s just another way of finding out information, such as religion and marital status, which are illegal to ask about in a job interview.
There have even been reports of employers having potential candidates scroll through their social networking profiles WHILE in an interview, on top of requiring them to turn over passwords to these sites!!!
Facebook stands by their terms, stating the practice violates their policies and the two Senators currently have a draft in the works to outlaw this.
Have U ever been asked to hand over UR passwords in a job interview???
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