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  •  I should create a fake facebook account (6+ / 0-)

    That way, I could give it to my employer if they ask. "Nothing objectionable there!" they could say, seeing just a few con-controversial links.

    The be able to demand your passwords is no different than demanding that your house be be bugged. It also violates the privacy rights of other people. Many people's facebook posts are only visible by their facebook friends. But if I give away my password, I am taking their private communications and allowing them to be revealed. Plus, it violates the terms of service of social media sites.

    This is about domination of employees. It is about letting employees know that their private political statements are subject to the approval of the company. It lets the employer have more information than they are entitled to.

    It is no different than bugging our house.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:42:29 AM PST

    •  Or just say, (0+ / 0-)

      "I don't do social media" and feign ignorance.

      Of course, if they find out later then that might be problematic, but I don't see why a person's private Internet usage should have any bearing at all on employers so long as there is no slander involved.

    •  Isn't TOS violations a felony? (1+ / 0-)
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      Isn't that what they got Aaron Swartz with, at least in part?

      So your (potential) employer is asking you to commit a felony?  That has to be illegal.  

      "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

      by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:40:52 AM PST

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    •  That's what I do (0+ / 0-)

      The only place online you can find my real name or any descriptive info is on LinkedIn. All my other social web efforts are done under pseudonyms that are only given out to family and friends. Co-workers only get that info if I leave the organization, or they do. My facebook, etc. are never accessed through any computers or phones that are company property. I even try to avoid accessing it on company premises, in case someone's looking over my shoulder. I do it on lunch, outside or on a bathroom break.

      Your company is ALWAYS looking to see what you're up to online, no matter how much they claim to respect your privacy. Just assume that and plan accordingly.

    •  Act shocked that a (0+ / 0-)

      prospective employer would demand you turn over the means to allow him/her to impersonate you on social media (ruin your reputation, engage in libel, etc.), change your settings, spy on your friends and relatives, etc.

      Nobody needs your password who isn't you, any more than a Russian Mafia scammer needs your SS# or bank account particulars. It ought to be illegal to demand such.

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