Gini Dietrich

Facebook Speaks Out Against Employers Asking for Passwords

By: Gini Dietrich | March 28, 2012 | 
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I’m having a really hard time understanding some employers today.

As I travel the country and spend time with business leaders, it’s very disturbing to me how many have firewalls installed that prevent their employees from using the social networks during business hours.

As if they aren’t just using their phones to get online during the day. Some business leaders go so far as to take phones away as soon as a person walks in the door to prevent even that.

I really don’t understand it. Unless you’re running a daycare for adults, is the trust level so low you can’t expect they’ll get their jobs done if they spend 10 minutes on Facebook during the day? We can allow smoke breaks, but not social media breaks.

It blows my mind, but I didn’t think it could get worse.

And then I read about some companies requiring employees to hand over their social network passwords in order to get hired.

Stop. The. Madness.

This reminds me of the companies that read people’s emails, looking for reasons to fire them. This happened to a friend of mine. She sent an email to a recruiter from her Hotmail account, they were reading anything going over their network, and they fired her.

It didn’t happen to me and I felt betrayed for her. And, really, who has the time?

Thankfully Facebook is stepping in, speaking out against businesses who do this.

Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan writes in a Friday blog post:

In recent months, we’ve seen a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles or private information. This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends. It also potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability.

If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends.

Reports of such practices are widespread. In June 2009, the city of Bozeman, Montana made headlines when it was revealed that its job applications forms asked for usernames and passwords for the job seekers accounts on “social networking,” including everything from Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Google.

Earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union took aim at the Maryland Department of Corrections after it asked a Maryland man for his Facebook credentials during a recertification interview.

And last week, the Calgary Herald reported on a similar incident in Canada.

It’s even against our civil liberties for employers to hire or fire based on what we have on our social networks.

Employers: Watch how you monitor the social networks for candidates and employees. You could get in a lot of trouble if you’re too closely monitoring the personal activities of your team.

Employees: While it’s still important to be careful what you post online, if anyone asks for your passwords or writes you up (or, worse, fires you) for something you’ve posted on your personal network, you have some recourse.

This doesn’t apply for anything posted on business social networks so mind your Ps and Qs.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem
4 years 2 months ago
Gini – thank you for this, it’s a topic near and dear to my heart. I know you’re traveling, and I have two questions (perhaps the SS community can help with this!). One, I interviewed for a SMM position at a bank, and they said front-line employees couldn’t use private email, Facebook, etc, because it was a security risk for customer financial information. Thoughts?   Two, I agree that it’s against our civil liberties that someone fire us for what we wrote on a social networking site – but has this been put into law? I’ve followed various cases on… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @jennwhinnem On your first question, I’m not sure. That very well could be…or it could be like having to turn your Kindle off when a flight takes off (totally bogus). Maybe someone else here can answer that one.
 
Yes, Illinois is an at-will state and this hasn’t been put into law, but most attorneys I know, across the country, are telling employers “Do this at your own risk.” While it’s not law, it is a civil liberties issue and can be tried in civil court.

jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich Thanks so much. One more question if I may – does AD have an employee social media policy? Do you think it’s out of line to have one?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @jennwhinnem We do have one. It’s pretty informal. It has things like, “Don’t swear, be funny, and don’t discuss company financials.” I think there are 10 or 11 things like that. 

ComputerArtMan
ComputerArtMan
4 years 2 months ago

@kmueller62 We Keep rolling! It was an Incredibly #awesome week come C our newest W/SM Hero @Poochie7060 http://t.co/kASGJj8n #Vlog4Art

mcmullen_greg
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks for doing the leg-work for most of us. I care about it, but am too lazy to follow it all myself 🙂

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @mcmullen_greg LOL, Greg! Ha!

britt_thomas
britt_thomas
4 years 2 months ago
I read an article about this a week ago and sent it to my HR division to get their thoughts explaining that I didn’t believe that companies should be able to do this. I got a curt response that it is, in fact, legal.    I really do understand trying to keep your employees on task and off of social networks. But this is an invasion of privacy on a very high and personal level.The story that surfaced awhile ago about the gentleman who was running a company Twitter account but then took that when he left is an example… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @britt_thomas I think your HR person is wrong. It’s not legal. I run a business in an at-will state, but I know I can’t fire anyone for what they put on their social networks. Talk to them about it? Yes. But fire them? No. The ONLY reason you should be handing over the passwords is if you’re running the company pages.

britt_thomas
britt_thomas
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich I 100% agree. I have a feeling this whole topic will get ugly in the coming months.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @britt_thomas I hope it does. It’s ridiculous. I run a business. I *know* we have better things to do. If my team isn’t getting their work done, it’s not a social media problem. It’s an operational issue.

jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem
4 years 2 months ago

 @britt_thomas Proud to say that my HR person was not in favor of the idea!

MarkCRobins
4 years 2 months ago

In Canada our Privacy Commissioner has declared these actions to be illegal, no employer has the right to even ask let alone demand personal passwords. There is also discussion here about potential litigation against employers that attempt this. Personally if I was asked I would of course refuse and mount a serious Social media campaign against such a company.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @MarkCRobins I hope the U.S. follows suit. This is terrible.

KenMueller
4 years 2 months ago
We had a discussion about this in class last night, and my gut feeling is that in the end, in most cases, this won’t hold up in court. It really opens up a slippery slope. Password to your private email account? Password to your online banking?   Also, what to companies hope to gain? Are you afraid of what people are putting on their Facebook page will look bad for your business? How about you try this first: Go to Facebook and do a search for the prospective or current employee. Can you find their Facebook Page? If not, it’s… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @KenMueller No, I wouldn’t want to work for that company. Nor would I want to work for a company that didn’t trust me to do my job during the day, even if it meant an occasional peak at Facebook or Twitter. To me, it’s a trust and respect issue. If you don’t have either for me, I’ll find another job.

yvettepistorio
yvettepistorio
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich I agree, I wouldn’t work for a company that didn’t trust me to do my job either. 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @yvettepistorio Right? 

yvettepistorio
yvettepistorio
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich It makes me angry just thinking about it…maybe I expect too much from people, but if I’m going to work for you I expect a certain level of trust and respect.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @yvettepistorio There is nothing wrong with expecting that of your employer. Nothing at all.

SociallyGenius
4 years 2 months ago

@KenMueller Great commentary there KDiddy

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @SociallyGenius  @KenMueller KDiddy??! LOL!!!

KenMueller
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @SociallyGenius Yeah, Tony and I are recording an album together. We might even have a song called Spin Sucks, by KDiddy f. M.C. SoGenius

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @KenMueller  @SociallyGenius I’m so excited!

Lisa Gerber
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @KenMueller  @SociallyGenius I was JUST talking with someone…. who was it… omg. About how we need a theme song! 

KenMueller
4 years 2 months ago

 @Lisa Gerber  @ginidietrich  @SociallyGenius oh boy. I guess now we have to do this. “G to the I to the N to the I”. Gonna get KDiddy and SoGenius all up in your Spin Sucking grillz.

SociallyGenius
4 years 2 months ago

@KenMueller @Lisa Gerber @ginidietrich Yup, it’s gonna be off the hook. But Ken, you forgot that my stage name is So G-eezy.

KenMueller
4 years 2 months ago

 @SociallyGenius  @KenMueller  @Lisa  @ginidietrich my bad. SoG-eezy is in da house dropping some mad science on us all, boi!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

@kellee725 It makes me crazy!

kellee725
kellee725
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich Agreed! Definitely too Big Brother for my liking.

JeffRice63
JeffRice63
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich Issue goes back 2 quality of employee n product protection than employer. I think it’s funny when technophobics can’t play!

JeffRice63
JeffRice63
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich I think it’s rite that technoholics can’t play at work! Facebook stance seems user count oriented than anything else.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

@jeffrice63 Totally disagree. We use it for business…which also means some of my team will use it personally. But they get their work done

JeffRice63
JeffRice63
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich Bemused by tweet! I should also thank u 4 answering mine! Plan worked! I do think technoholics should sweat!

Roslynalwarups
Roslynalwarups
4 years 2 months ago

@bdorman264 Get for yourself an walmart voucher. All you need to do is answer walmart’s question! Check my profile page!

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Noemilg6zjjb
4 years 2 months ago

@bdorman264 Get yourself a walmart voucher. All you need to do is respond walmart’s question! Look at my profile page!

davidledgerwood
davidledgerwood
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich that is such a shady idea. Duh.

Codyqncwkg
Codyqncwkg
4 years 2 months ago

@bdorman264 Get yourself a walmart voucher. All you need to do is answer walmart’s question! Look at my profile url!

Tedceasver9
Tedceasver9
4 years 2 months ago

@bdorman264 Get yourself a walmart gift card. All you have to do is answer walmart’s question! See my profile page!

knoxsafety
knoxsafety
4 years 2 months ago

@susanavello @ginidietrich I’m suprised it took them this long after the whole google nightmare last year

susanavello
susanavello
4 years 2 months ago

@knoxsafety @ginidietrich indeed!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

@knoxsafety I think it’s coming to light now because of the civil liberties issues.

JGamblin
JGamblin
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich Read your Facebook story and agree with you. Blocking SM is a technological solution to a management issue.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

@jgamblin It makes me a little nuts. People can smoke, but can’t check Facebook quickly?

JGamblin
JGamblin
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich It comes down to employee management. The same people who abuse SM at work are the same who will abuse smoke breaks.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

@jgamblin Exactly. Which is a management problem…not a social media (or smoking) problem

JGamblin
JGamblin
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich its easier for management to have IT say we need to block SM for security than you know, to manage their employees.

Javierutkfpcuv
Javierutkfpcuv
4 years 2 months ago

@feliciahudson Get for yourself a walmart coupon. All you need to do is answer walmart’s question! Look at my profile website!

jennimacdonald
jennimacdonald
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich  I can’t even comment because I am blown away that this is even an issue. How do they think that they have the right to do that???

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @jennimacdonald I don’t know the answer. I guess they feel like, if you’re going to use my computer, you can give me your PW?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

@thepaulsutton Seriously.

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
4 years 2 months ago

I’ll respond to the first paragraph….because you are not like any of them.  This doesn’t surprise me that other employers do that and because of that you are stuck with me 🙂

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @PattiRoseKnight I’m pretty sure I can’t be “stuck” with you if I want you to stay!

Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing
Agog.   With one caveat…as a parent fearful of cyber-bullying when my 10yo reaches Facebook age, should schools require passwords of student suspects/allegeds executing serious cyber bullying? (We’ve all heard of children committing suicide due to such serious attacks.)   I’ve read this to be true although can’t recall in which school district. I’m going to stick my neck out, against my better judgment in re privacy and rights to privacy and personal intellectual freedoms, and free speech to suggest that “where crimes are being perpetrated online with minors” there needs to be some policing of content.  Call it my… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Every parent I know who have kids on Facebook, they’re on there with one condition: The parents have the password. That’s totally different than requiring it of your employees.

sydcon_mktg
4 years 2 months ago
 @ginidietrich  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Thats our rule.  We have the password & she knows full well I check it out daily! I think there is a huge difference between parents/guardians & schools/employers.   I think as parents it is our responsibility if we allow our children on social networks to monitor their activity & behavior.  As an employer, it is not for me to monitor my employees personal life.  I would have a issue with my 13 year olds school having access to her passwords or accounts.  That is my job. The policing should be the parents job.  If bullying… Read more »
wabbitoid
4 years 2 months ago
 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing This is a grey area, since schools serve <i>in loco parentis</i> (in place of the parents) in a legal sense – they are responsible for the children and their well being when in school.  It would be wrong to go that far in the schools, however, for practical reasons of trust.  But I think that they could do that if there was a procedure in place that included the parents involved and other safeguards.  It would be best to not have to go that far, of course, but I think it’s both legal and… Read more »
Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing

 @wabbitoid Agree employers and schools different @ginidietrich and I think it’s an evolving, yet gray, area (in re schools). Sorry, took a bit astray with topic, but the issue of passwords still the common thread.

SociallyGenius
4 years 2 months ago
You know how there’s the separation of Church and State? There should be a separation of business and personal! Back in the day, there was, but now I play my cards as if nothing was private. Two examples would be your post yesterday… I didn’t comment for the odd chance big brother is watching as I’m not allowed to opine about anything related to financial services. The other is felt VERY compelled to write a post on race relations yesterday in light of the fiasco w/ Detroit facing an emergency manager and a religious leader saying they won’t bow to… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @SociallyGenius I’ve often wondered what you’re allowed to say (or not say) on the social networks. My guess is you have a social media policy?

SociallyGenius
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich oh yeah… 3 pages and part of the quarterly compliance assessment! And yes, all social media sites are on lockdown… Except LinkedIn, and who goes there for fun!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @SociallyGenius  Can you get to blogs? Or do you do that from your phone?

SociallyGenius
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich I’m sure I could read blogs but commenting & sharing using social plugins would be futile. Thank God for smartphones!!

rachaelseda
4 years 2 months ago

“We can allow smoke breaks, but not social media breaks.” – Love this! It really is sad when you think about it.
 
I wouldn’t give the confidential passwords of my employee email or passwords to my employers accounts that I know to anyone, so why should they expect me to breach my own confidentiality?
 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @rachaelseda THAT is a very good point! I wish I’d had that point in my blog post. 

sydcon_mktg
4 years 2 months ago

 @rachaelseda Great reasoning, Rachel! In the day of Confidentiality agreements & NDA’s how can companies expect us to hand over passwords & access to things that have no bearing on their company anyway?  But yet, expect us to keep their things confidential. 

wabbitoid
4 years 2 months ago

I doubt that this practice is legal and would love to see someone get their butts royally sued.  There has to be a good lawyer out there who wants to make a name for his/her self.  Hell, there has to be a bad lawyer who looks good on teevee who can take this on.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @wabbitoid I think that’s what is happening with the company in MD. They’re getting themselves sued in a big way. It’s not legal.

Lisa Gerber
4 years 2 months ago

It’s the epitome of insecure leadership! These same leaders – let’s call them managers, because they aren’t truly leaders, also fear hiring people smarter than they are in specific areas. (This actually references what @kamichat wrote about yesterday – if you aren’t a data geek, for example, hire one!). 
 
The comment about smoke breaks really got me fired up. So true!!! 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @Lisa Gerber  Or marry one…which I saw you said you’d rather do. LOL!

Lisa Gerber
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich I’d REALLY prefer to marry a house renovator. But I’ll keep what I got. 
He is very much a keeper. (in case he’s reading this)

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @Lisa Gerber He’s totally a keeper…but maybe we could find a renovator and share him?

Lisa Gerber
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich Now this is getting interesting. I like where you’re going!

KenMueller
4 years 2 months ago

 @Lisa Gerber  @ginidietrich This is getting weird.

Lisa Gerber
4 years 2 months ago

 @KenMueller , to be clear, it wouldn’t be house renovator “with benefits,” because we’re keeping our husbands.  @ginidietrich 

KenMueller
4 years 2 months ago

 @Lisa Gerber  @ginidietrich yeah, let’s see how many people line up for that one. Good thing I’m the least handy person on the planet.

BethMosher
BethMosher
4 years 2 months ago

I’d never give my FB password out and I’d cite too if asked in an interview the excellent point made earlier – “if I give you my FB password on a whim, how can I be trusted with your network login and password.”  But, this does bring up (again) the importance of watching how you conduct yourself on social networks and the rule I live by: I’m not on FB with anyone with whom I have a working relationship. It’s too easy to muddy the waters. 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @BethMosher Totally agree. We still have to be very mindful of what we post online.

Corey Smith
4 years 2 months ago
Companies that require your Facebook password are not violating civil liberties and not breaking laws but I agree that it’s stupid. If someone wants to work for an organization, they have to play by that company’s rules. If they don’t want to give up their passwords (and they shouldn’t) then they should go work somewhere else. If you are stupid enough to work for a company that expects you to give up passwords to your online accounts, then you get what you deserve.   Let’s understand that social media is not a legally protected activity. You don’t have to participate.… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @Corey Smith And, based on what the news is saying, you might actually have a case if they fired you (or didn’t hire you) for it. The Civil Liberties Union is all over it. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

Corey Smith
4 years 1 month ago
 @ginidietrich Recently, I was a teacher at a local college. I won’t name their name but their initials are http://www.stevenshenager.edu/.   They sent an email stating that the college needed to have all Facebook passwords. Moreover, they said that the Facebook accounts were the property of the college (again, I won’t say who they are).   I chose to ignore it but figured if they asked again, I would be public in my scoffing of them.   I don’t teach there anymore and it’s the attitude that causes them to ask for this information that prevents me from wanting to… Read more »
jeremypratte
jeremypratte
4 years 2 months ago

 @Corey Smith I mostly agree. But, if you’re talking about being FIRED (not before you’re hired) beware of a slippery slope. If asking for you Facebook password isn’t violating civil liberties, is asking for a key to your house violating that? Technically, you don’t have to own a house, either. 

Corey Smith
4 years 1 month ago

 @jeremypratte Access to my home is a very different thing that having access to my Facebook page. With that said, I tend to feel this way mostly because I have the naturally assumption that if something is on my Facebook page it’s public information regardless of my privacy settings because Facebook’s terms of service make the content technically their content and not yours.
 
My home is my home because of current property right laws. I pay for my home not the employer. Even a renter has certain limitations to how much privacy they get in a rented property.

IamDez
IamDez
4 years 1 month ago

 @Corey Smith I disagree. There are certain questions that interviewers cannot ask during an interview. Here’s a quick list (that I got form the link below the list:
Race
Color
Sex
Religion
National origin
Birthplace
Age
Disability
Marital/family status
 
Source: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewsnetworking/a/illegalinterv.htm
 
Some of those pieces of information CAN be obtained after hiring or be a pre-requisite to officially hiring (like age and current citizenship status). 
 
I found a Michigan Tech pdf that has a nice list of Legal/Illegal questions for during interviews as well:
http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/forms/whatyoucanandcantasklongversionmay05.pdf
 
MOST of this information can be gleaned from your Facebook account.

Corey Smith
4 years 1 month ago
 @IamDez Whether these questions are legal or illegal is sort of a slippery slope. The reality is that in most states, the questions are not illegal but only in states where they have interpreted anti-discrimination laws as such.   What is illegal is the discrimination based on the answers to those questions. If you ask those questions then discriminate based on that then you are in trouble. If you ask the question then hire them anyway, then the likelihood of anyone caring is pretty low.   Let me be clear…I think it’s a stupid practice regardless and I think that… Read more »
lgdrew
4 years 2 months ago

Rob MacLeod’s interview story in the Calgary Herald was shocking. Digital strip search anyone?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @lgdrew Right? I don’t get it.

rustyspeidel
rustyspeidel
4 years 2 months ago

TheLadders.com, that big high-profile job search site, recommends that you flat out refuse. I did a blog post on this last week (http://www.marijeanjaggers.com/2012/03/15/pry-facebook-password-cold-dead-hands/) in which I said the same thing. I don’t usually like to cross link like this, but it’s relevant and means I don’t have to reiterate everything in the comments. 

rustyspeidel
rustyspeidel
4 years 2 months ago

Maybe it’s a test. If you hand over the password you don’t get the job. Yeah, that’s it! 

TheJackB
4 years 2 months ago

I am sort of curious to see how this plays out. I am really curious what sort of policy Facebook has on social media and how it is implemented.

Selenaig9ujy8g
Selenaig9ujy8g
4 years 2 months ago

@shonali Get yourself a walmart coupon. Everything you have to do is answer walmart’s question! See my profile link!

JeffRice63
JeffRice63
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich Working 4 $30.00+ min. (much more 4 skilled trades) (GM) would perhaps Change mind.

Ike
4 years 2 months ago

I have no problem with the practice.
 
A proper interview allows for the prospective hire to learn about his potential boss and corporate culture.
 
The correct response for the job-seeker is to ask those doing the interviewing to hand over their own passwords, as well as any of their supervisors, and the passwords of those in Human Resources.
 
Trust is a two-way street.

Lisa Gerber
4 years 2 months ago

 @Ike and there you have it. 

3HatsComm
4 years 2 months ago
I think @PattiRoseKnight is right – this is such bone-headed business mismanagement, it’s foreign to you Gini; as were my NON-smoking breaks to many managers back in the day. But this is the thinking of too many businesses out there.   Valid security risks aside, they think people will goof off all day and not get work done (which is why you fire them) or WORSE, they’ll play on FB and still do a good job, get results and somehow it just doesn’t compute and middle managers heads explode. They think people will spend their time badmouthing their company and looking for… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

@Clarity4theBoss isn’t it??

Clarity4theBoss
Clarity4theBoss
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich – It SO is! Great post BTW 🙂

Andrea Hypno
4 years 2 months ago

The more we go on the more it seems we are falling back to the Dark Age, with a bit more technology though. Or the KGB and Stasi teachings have spread almost everywhere. 1984 should become mandatory studying as soon as possible. At least everyone will know where we’re going to. Imho. 🙂

yasinakgun
yasinakgun
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich great post Gini! Retweeted!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

@yasinakgun Thank you!

GnosisArts
GnosisArts
4 years 1 month ago

@ginidietrich @lisagerber Good grief you two ladies are some blogging fools!!!

GnosisArts
GnosisArts
4 years 1 month ago

@ginidietrich @lisagerber Everytime I log into Twitter one of y’all got another blog post poppin’ up, lol!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

@GnosisArts It might actually be the same blog post…and not several of them 🙂

GnosisArts
GnosisArts
4 years 1 month ago

@ginidietrich Oh, right. I did see the same post worded differently. 🙂

msesthy
msesthy
4 years 1 month ago

@ginidietrich great post. at a convention last year the speaker told salon owners to fire any employee that didn’t friend them on FB.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

@cmcpointsofview Morning!

cmcpointsofview
cmcpointsofview
4 years 1 month ago

@ginidietrich Morning Gini!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

@cmcpointsofview I’m on your time zone right now. It’s kind of fun!

cmcpointsofview
cmcpointsofview
4 years 1 month ago

@ginidietrich Glad you’re enjoying it!! Wish I was on your time zone…

bluediamond108
bluediamond108
4 years 1 month ago

@corey_smith iam also against it.we live in a time,when children or spouses dont share their passwords with near and dear ones.EMPLOYERS ASK

kamichat
kamichat
4 years 1 month ago

I would never hand over my passwords to anyone. However shelisrael wrote an article in Forbes that says the problem might not be as widespread as reported: http://www.forbes.com/sites/shelisrael/2012/03/25/the-great-facebook-employee-password-nonissue/

jenzings
jenzings
4 years 1 month ago
 @kamichat I’m not sure it matters how widespread it is right now. The concern, of course, is if it will spread. I think that if the attention causes even one employer who was considering doing this to chuck it, that’s a good thing.   Also, while the example Shel uses in the article is from 2010, I’m pretty sure that there have been other reports of people being asked in job interviews for their passwords.   I would never hand over my passwords either. If asked, I’d point out to the potential employer that they were asking me to violate… Read more »
CaptainLauren
CaptainLauren
4 years 1 month ago

RT @vargasl Facebook Speaks Out Against Employers Asking for Passwords | Spin Sucks http://t.co/3IBFfPI4 #in

HowieSPM
4 years 1 month ago
This is nuts. A company just has to have employees sign a work rules document that allows them to fire employees when using company property improperly or if they are caught spending time ate work not working. For the most part we have employment at will anyway.   If you use your work computer and spend hours on facebook the company will see that anyway with or without your password.`   That said facebook IPO is in may,. Time spent per user is down from a high of 55 mins in early 2010 to just over 19 minutes today. And… Read more »
HowieSPM
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich based on that rogue @mitchjoel and his definition of a community I guess you have one. Of course if denperezfilms had his way your topics would only be about Hootie and the Blowfish and the Spin Doctors his favorite bands.

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