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I am riled up tonight.

It all started with this thread, and now you get a new blog post!
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I liked it first :) lol I am a quick reader though.
+M Monica Thank you. I'm a riled up so fear my thoughts may be a bit frantic. This hasn't even affected me personally but we need to talk about it and keep this type of behavior from becoming "normal".
+Jonathan Camp you can have my HDD when you pry it from my cold dead fingers.

They can ask me for all the passwords they want. I can't remember any of them. My computer stores all my passwords. LOL. True story.
I have had a comicbook review site I was a part of used against me. You are correct Steph.
I don't plan on giving Passwords out as they are PRIVATE!!!! I don't even give girlfriends my password. The only place that always has an updated list of my passwords is my safe deposit box right alongside my will so that the executor of it can delete my accounts and let the apropriate parties know I am DEAD! If they want my user ID to look at my page that is fine.
I was astonished when I read the article. You're absolutely right that it should in no way be acceptable.
True story. There were even rumors about a FBI file on me because of my firing, but that's debatable.
+Eddie McBride no I said I have an updated LIST of my passwords not the passwords themselves.
Still having an updated list of passwords in a safe deposit box. Wow. you must be in there every couple of days, to add more if you sign up for another site.

Or, Can't tell if you are a troll. LOL
FB terms of service: "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."
Sean L
Another good read Van Pelt.
Yeah I read about something like this a while back. Requiring this information has to be illegal in some way. I'm sorry but no job is worth my privacy.
+Eddie McBride For estate planning they do say you should keep a list of sites and passwords for deactivation/handling. Banking to Facebook, when you die it's easier on your loved ones if they don't have to make involved phone calls proving you're dead.

As intelligent and well-planned as that is, I'm not nearly that organized.
I had no idea corporations were DARING to ask for such information!! That's outright absurd!!!
Not news imo. Its kind of sad the level of ignorance. Most people don't even understand that social media sites are businesses, let alone their business model.

So many people are unaware of how things work, or that once something is digitally published, no matter how small the circulation, you might as well broadcast it to the world as public. Even companies still don't understand that one very well.
+Stephanie Van Pelt yea, its a bit tangental.

It's terrible that many people find out things like this after its too late.
+Zeb McClure I'm in complete agreement with you, but I feel people guard the wrong things in their quest for privacy. In this instance, it troubles me that people would willingly hand over full access to their accounts as part of a job application process - and that employers would ask it!
Wait... username and password?!

I was just reading a post from a girl in a Facebook group I'm in; she's unemployed, and an application she's filling out requested the URL for her Facebook profile. Even that felt like a bit much.
Chad k
Muhahahahaha wait, what are we talking about here
+Ganit Gray if a potential employee wants my Facebook profile, go and look for it. I'm not going to offer it or even write it down for you.
+Stephanie Van Pelt one of the main reasons I deactivated my FB account was because I didn't want employers to use it against me in hiring me. However, and I may be wrong but, isn't this unconstitutional? It goes against some law of privacy out there.
+Tiffany Henry I'm pretty sure it must go against a law somewhere, but then again, we know all corporations follow all the laws and such, right?
To a corporation, all laws are subjective. They just make em up as they go along LOL. But to be serious, I hope that not all of them are doing this?
I read the original article, but read your blog post more fully and you mentioned corporations and the scenario of being unemployed.

No, not beautiful. Disgusting. They pretty much confirmed that I did a good thing deactivating Facebook and now, I am glad that I don't go to school with one of these schools that do such a thing or work for the government.
But the thing is, companies do still ask this of people - I've known a few I can't quote, but I've seen it happen.
I never knew that they asked for passwords. I know that they do stalk your online profiles though and use what they see on there in their decision to hire you.
To an extent I can understand public stalking. I mean, if they can see it so can their competitors and any potential clients. It's the requesting of seeing private content that really gets my gander.
Gets mine too. It's a little extreme. So I agree.
Your post was well-written and concise and while I agree with your points, I want to see how long this stands up to any legal challenge before allowing myself to get riled up by it.
On a side note, can I say I was looking forward interested in the potential "bathrobe" comments and am a bit disappointed in the lack thereof? :-D
+Eric Aultman I think I'm concerned people won't stand up and legally challenge it, but instead erode their own meaning of privacy. Remember, we didn't have modern labor laws until people demanded more. It may be ruled unconstitutional in the future, but I think we're going to have to stand up and demand it first.
+Stephanie Van Pelt in today's litigious society, an attorney or special interest group will step up and go after this. Posts like yours create mass awareness. The ground roots movements all start somewhere and depend on proliferation for success.
Welp, the robe shows far less than the lucky nearby beachgoers get to see. It's all about context.
My neighbors complain about my checking the mail in my boxers, but I think they would just prefer I wear them around my waist than as a headband.
Can I second their preference? Boxers as headbands is best left indoors.
I'll swap them my Facebook password for their network administrator password :-P
And why not a copy of all my keys? So they can check that I'm not using office's paper at home!
My first thought at the title is... then what do we get to see? Back on topic though. The Constitution limits what the government can do, not corporations. So, this isn't unconstitutional. It should be illegal. I also think this puts them in hot water about what they aren't supposed to ask about(e.g. religion age kids, etc...). So, aside from this opening companies up to lawsuits, we just need a law to deter this.
+Douglas Jenkins I'm not in a job search, but do we really expect the year+ unemployed to say no? No matter how righteous that woule be, it iw an unreasonable expectation.
one could always delete the account... desperation requires desperate measures ? Of course deleting fb isn't an endoftheworld.
This is absolutely disgraceful. Unacceptable on so many levels. Great post Steph.
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