Facebook passwords ‘fair game in job interviews’ – Telegraph


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It’s the Catch 22 (look it up) of the 21st century. If you have robust privacy settings on your account, they think you’ve got something to hide. If you have fewer privacy settings, they see you in photos at parties with pints of vodka on your head.

It’s the logical extension of all those invasive post-9/11 security checks, and the people who say, well if you’ve done nothing wrong you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Tell that to the Italian student who was harassed by Community Support chimps, knocked to the ground, arrested, and jailed in 2009 — just for taking tourist-type photos of London tourist spots (“Come to London for 2012: we’ll beat you up and steal your camera”).

What to do? Employers seem to think they have the right to tell you how to live (teachers are already strongly advised not to have Facebook at all) and to judge the way you behave away from work. You want to just kick them in the balls and walk away, but you need the money for pints of vodka. This is also a logical extension of the obsession that some US politicians have with women and what they choose to do with their bodies. Employers seem to be demanding Facebook log-on details in two situations: first, when they can’t find you on there at all (I’m not on, is that a problem?); and second, when you have sensible security precautions in place.

So, two solutions: one, walk away from the interview with a few choice words; two, create a sock puppet Facebook account in which you are to be seen helping old ladies cross the road (whether they want to cross the road or not) and feeding the hungry with loaves and fishes.

Idea for a startup business: offer a service creating sock puppet Facebook accounts, complete with wholesome friends, lots of charity work and nice library photos of you photoshopped into outward bound courses and working with children (with no hint of paedophilia).

Read more at the Telegraph:

While Lee Williams, an online retail worker from the Midlands, told The Telegraph that he was asked by his managing director for his Facebook login details, after his boss had looked him up on the social network and could not see any details about him as his privacy settings were locked down. The boss thought that Williams was hiding something by not having his profile publicly available.

Williams refused to hand his password over. His boss persisted with his request, but then let it go without taking any further action. Williams still works for the company, but did not wish to name it.