Passwords Are Private: Employers and Social Media

PasswordInputThis week, the House of Representatives denied an amendment that would keep employers from asking potential employees for their Facebook passwords.

Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, has released a strongly worded statement on behalf of Facebook that indicates the company’s disapproval of the practice:

While we will continue to do our part, it is important that everyone on Facebook understands they have a right to keep their password to themselves, and we will do our best to protect that right.

Make sure to stay up-to-date with the latest from Facebook on the PuTTin’ OuT blog to see how things pan out.

The fight is obviously far from over, but we want to know: What do you think?  Is it okay for employers to ask permission to go through your social media sites?

 

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Christi Tasker

Christi Tasker

Hey! I always love hearing your thoughts & feedback on my articles. Please feel free to comment below with questions, answers, or other useful solutions. Hey! I'm Christi Tasker, the Chief Entertainment Officer (that means I do too much to list) of @PuTTinOuT, a Las Vegas based social media marketing firm serving businesses, brands, and celebrities worldwide. If that doesn't sound like enough, a couple of years ago I was crazy enough to author The Power of Pinterest book. I also travel the world conducting television interviews and speaking. At my speaking engagements and on my blogs I love to share and educate audiences of CEOs, small business owners, real estate professionals, retailers, interior designers, bloggers, and even wedding professionals to use tactics that we discover everyday while managing social media communities for our clients. Please leave a comment or a question. It's total motivation for me to keep writing. Without comments I don't know that you're reading.