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Yes, absolutely. I've nothing to hide 2 3.13%
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Old 24.03.2012, 09:57
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Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

Just perusing my usual tech news website and I came across this article.

Now I know that employers will check the web to suss out candidates, but to ask for the passwords to whatever social network accounts you have is, to me, almost like a potential employer asking for the keys to my house so they could have a good snoop around. Basically my response would be not on your nelly.

That said, if I was, as an interviewer, to ask a candidate for their passwords and I was simply given them then they wouldn't get the job. If they can't be trusted with their own personal information then how the hell could I trust them with the companies information. Maybe that's the motivation for asking in the first place.

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Re: Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

my twitter is public so an employer wouldn't need my password so see my interactions. Linkedin is a professional network so you have a bigger problem than passwords if you don't want to add a potential employer. Facebook is more tricky- it is only high school friends and not my primary social network. It becomes more of an issue of the employer thinking Facebook is relevant to my online identity which it isn't, on any level. Which is also why Facebook is the most "locked down" of my profiles.

I vote yes with the caveat that a) giving out a facebook password is against TOS, b) if someone wants a password for Twitter they don't understand the ecosystem because my account isn't locked down, and I would question working for that person due to a lack of intelligence.
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Old 24.03.2012, 10:26
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my twitter is public so an employer wouldn't need my password so see my interactions. Linkedin is a professional network so you have a bigger problem than passwords if you don't want to add a potential employer. Facebook is more tricky- it is only high school friends and not my primary social network. It becomes more of an issue of the employer thinking Facebook is relevant to my online identity which it isn't, on any level. Which is also why Facebook is the most "locked down" of my profiles.

I vote yes with the caveat that a) giving out a facebook password is against TOS, b) if someone wants a password for Twitter they don't understand the ecosystem because my account isn't locked down, and I would question working for that person due to a lack of intelligence.
I guess I'm a bit thick then The only thing I know about twitter is that it exists. I never even gone to twitter, let alone tweeted, therefore I don't have a clue how it works.

Actually the question for me is purely academic as I don't subscribe to any social networking services anymore, having deactivated my facebook account a couple of months ago.
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Old 24.03.2012, 10:34
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Re: Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

No, I wouldn't give them my passwords. They want to see my undies too perhaps? What about how I wipe in the bathroom? And now that we are at it, maybe they should see how I make love?

Come on Big Brother!



I wouldn't want to work for a company who don't understand the basic human rights of privacy.
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Absolutely not. No passwords to any employer. Better to tell me to suspend the account if I work for them.

And like Slaphead said, what does it say about someone so willing to give up passwords?

Maybe he/she has nothing to hide, but it is sort of like giving out your keys to anyone. Or it's like letting someone see your voting ballot.

I'm just uncomfortable with the idea.

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Old 24.03.2012, 10:46
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Re: Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

I would, as I do not have them.

The moment though an 'employer' even asks for that, pack your bags and leave. Obviously they do not trust their employees let alone understand this thing called privacy.

I am also fairly sure that the laws in Switzerland prohibit doing it as it is a real invasion of privacy.
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Old 24.03.2012, 10:50
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I would, as I do not have them.

The moment though an 'employer' even asks for that, pack your bags and leave. Obviously they do not trust their employees let alone understand this thing called privacy.

I am also fairly sure that the laws in Switzerland prohibit doing it as it is a real invasion of privacy.
How can the laws in Switzerland prohibit it, if you giving up the info willingly?
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Old 24.03.2012, 10:53
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Re: Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

No way.

Wouldn't even allow them a peak at my profile. It's not their business.
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Old 24.03.2012, 11:27
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Re: Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

Yes, I would. Oh, but wait, I don't have either FaceBook, LinkedIn or Twitter. So, so, bad.


Seriously? I'm not giving my passwords even to my own parents, let alone a stranger (even if it is a potential employer). A password is like my signature, dude...
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Old 24.03.2012, 11:44
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Re: Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

Nope, none of their business.

There is nothing that could remotely be "their business" they can get from having a password to my FB which they couldn't get from simply being added as a "friend".

If they ask for that, that's one thing, asking for password though, that tells me they're planning to snoop and there is absolutely no valid reason for that. To me that's tantamount to them asking me to bring in my private snail mail to peruse at their leisure - simply not going to happen.
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Old 24.03.2012, 11:59
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How can the laws in Switzerland prohibit it, if you giving up the info willingly?
They are not allowed to ask for it in the first place. Similiar to how they are officially not allowed to discriminate based on gender, ethnicity etc.
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Old 24.03.2012, 12:00
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Re: Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

Keep your passwords secret. Only disclose them if required to by the force of law.

Nothing to do with snooping, or nothing to hide, just simple online security. Never tell anyone your password, pin etc.
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Old 24.03.2012, 12:03
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They are not allowed to ask for it in the first place. Similiar to how they are officially not allowed to discriminate based on gender, ethnicity etc.
You do know this is Switzerland, right? They even have discriminatroy job ads, ask women whether they plan to have children at job interviews and the usus is having to list your hobbies and marital status on your cv.
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Old 24.03.2012, 12:08
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Re: Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

If an prospective employer asks for your facebook password, tell them you'd be happy to, so long as their happy for you to post your network password to their computer systems on facebook.

I can't believe any sensible employer would ask this. The guys I know in IT security would go ballistic.
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Old 24.03.2012, 12:19
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You do know this is Switzerland, right? They even have discriminatroy job ads, ask women whether they plan to have children at job interviews and the usus is having to list your hobbies and marital status on your cv.
Well that is why I put that "officially" word in there. Lots of stuff happens without it being allowed, as long as nobody sues it all works out, and either way you do not get the job then anyway.

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If an prospective employer asks for your facebook password, tell them you'd be happy to, so long as their happy for you to post your network password to their computer systems on facebook.

I can't believe any sensible employer would ask this. The guys I know in IT security would go ballistic.
The people I work with in more the Internet security area tend to agree that any data you put on Facebook and similar sites, or just better said "the internet" is data that is sold away to anybody who gives money for it anyway.

One should simply not put on the internet, even behind a password, what one does not want to share. Various "celebrities" found this out also after their passwords where guessed or the servers their data was stored on where breached, be that by a kiddie or an annoyed employee.

That said, you should not give your passwords away, but you should be comfortable that when somebody gains access that they do not find anything that would actually annoy you.
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Old 24.03.2012, 12:26
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Re: Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

You have actually signed a contract with Facebook to allow no such thing to happen. You are not allowed to give out your password, nor allow another person access to your account by the very terms and agreements you have made when you created your account.

Read this from Sophos (which interestingly came up this week)

The relevant text is partway down, "You will not share your password, let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account."
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You do know this is Switzerland, right? They even have discriminatroy job ads, ask women whether they plan to have children at job interviews and the usus is having to list your hobbies and marital status on your cv.
What woman would ever plan to have children at a job interview?

Joking aside, I bet you know that those things are illegal, except the hobby thing, which is up to you to reveal or not. After all, you are not being asked, which, again, would be illegal. That does not mean those things do not happen. They do, just as in any other country.
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Re: Would you give a potential employer your FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter passwords?

To add to the above 'signed' comment: Facebook asserts trademark on word book in new user agreement

The world fortunately does not work that way I hope...
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That said, you should not give your passwords away, but you should be comfortable that when somebody gains access that they do not find anything that would actually annoy you.
Quite right. I assume anything I post is traceable to me and available for all to see. Except my end-end encrypted emails.
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