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Should Employers Be Allowed to Ask for your Facebook Password?

Senator Leland Yee this week introduced a new state bill that would prohibit employers from demanding social media passwords from job applicants or employees.

California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) introduced a bill this week that would forbid employers from requesting that job applicants or employees share their social media passwords.

The bill is a result of the recent Associated Press report that some employers are demanding that applicants supply their Facebook and Twitter passwords. 

“It is completely unacceptable for an employer to invade someone’s personal social media accounts,” Yee said in a statement. “Not only is it entirely unnecessary, it is an invasion of privacy and unrelated to one’s work performance or abilities.”

Some employers, rather than requesting passwords, are urging potential applicants to log in during the interview process so the employer can peruse the person’s social media profile. The bill would also prohibit this.

“Family photos and non-work social calendars have no bearing on a person’s ability to do their job and therefore employers have no right to demand to review it,” Yee said in a statement.

Do you think employers should have access to a person’s social media profile? Vote in our anonymous poll below.

Jamie White (Editor) March 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Of course not! What's next -- we have to give our employers our passwords for our personal email and bank accounts? Give me a break.
Jennifer van der Kleut March 24, 2012 at 06:24 PM
No kidding! We should be allowed to have personal lives and work lives that are separate!
Miller Girl March 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Absolutely not -- it is no different than asking the age, marital status, etc., of an applicant which is illegal, This kind of information is typically included on Facebook.

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