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Should employers be able to ask for employee’s Facebook passwords?

April 12, 2012

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

As the school year nears an end and many of you are getting ready for the summer job interview process, a new request might throw you for a curveball. More and more employers are asking applicants for their Facebook passwords as a means of vetting potential employees.

While it is common for employers to search Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts to see what future employees behavior is like outside of the interview process, some companies believe they have the right to have access to your social media accounts.

Other companies have been reported to demand that all employees “friend” human resources manager or to log onto a company computer so the hiring agents can take a look at the applicants profile.

While requests for passwords is more common among public agencies like law enforcement, it is becoming more and more common for companies to demand some type of access to employees’ or potential employees’ accounts.

This type of activity has roused some legislators to action. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal have asked the Attorney General’s to investigate claims of employers asking for passwords and asking if this is breaking any kind of law. “A ban on these practices is necessary to stop unreasonable and unacceptable invasions of privacy,” Blumenthal said, in an interview with The Hill.

Representative Patrick McHenry has gone as far as drafting legislation on making it illegal for employers to ask for an employees or potential employees passwords. Ryan Minto, spokesman for Rep. McHenry said in an interview with The Hill, "Requiring an individual to provide access to their personal social media account is an invasion of privacy, plain and simple. Congressman McHenry is considering legislation to prevent this encroachment into Americans’ private lives."

Even if employers can’t ask to see behind the wall of privacy on Facebook, posting risky behavior still isn’t encouraged. Many companies still look over a person’s social networking profiles and they can reject them based on what they see.

What do you think?

Do employers have the right to ask for your social media passwords? Is this part of the vetting process or does it invade on employees’ privacy? Should a law be enacted to prevent employers? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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3/27/2018
Belleville/ New York
Jayda
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
Employers have no right to ask you for your social media passwords. That is a complete invasion of privacy and they shouldn't even be allowed to ask. I understand if they look at a potential employers account through their own account but they have no right to have the access of your personal account. There should most definitely be a law enacted to prevent employers from doing this because it is a huge invasion of privacy.

3/29/2017
Pomona / California
Brian Santamaria
Ms. Wong / Carl H. Lorbeer Middle School
The fourth amendment states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches…” This means the 4th Amendment is securing your privacy in your persons, houses, papers, and effects. Employers can not search your social media for reasons to employ you or not. They shouldn't be allowed to snoop through an individual's personal area. They want to get to know their employee, but looking through their facebook is not the way to go. They go to their profile to look on it from their account, but being logged into their personal account is wrong. Background checks are important for jobs, but not looking into people's personal day to day life. By giving them your password, you never know who else could view your profile and if the password was handed out. Facebook has nothing to do with the job. If your employer want to fire you that can post false information and fire you for that. If they find something on your account that they didn’t ask in the interview that shouldn’t be relevant, such as sexual orientation, race, gender, et cetera is not right.

9/19/2016
Murrieta/CA
Bryson
mr.Jabro/Canyon Academy
Employers do not have the right to ask for your password for any social media accounts, for it is an invasion of their privacy if they truly wanted to see your public activity of your Facebook then they can check it without your password, plain and simple, the only good reason to checks ones account is in the event if it concerns national security

5/9/2016
Bloomsburg, PA
Alan Kapp
Jerry D Davis
I dont think employers should be allowed to ask for you Facebook passwords, because thats your personal business. They should be only allowed to look at your information that is open to the public. There is no need for employers to get on my Facebook and go through my personal information so I say they should only be allowed to see whats public.

5/9/2016
Bloomsburg/ Pa
Colby
Davis
I dont think they should ask for it because its your personal stuff. You should be the only one that can access it. There is no need for them to have it. You shouldn't have to tell them it. They can keep to themselves and stop being so nosy

5/9/2016
Bloomsburg,Pennsylvania
Isiah
Mr.Davis, Bloomsburg area high school
I dont think they should be able to because most things that they want to see are already public and it is unnecessary for them to know the information that is not public

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Madison
Mr Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Employers should not have the right to ask for social media passwords. This invades on employees' privacy. A law should be made to protect everyone's password. You are not supposed to give you password to anyone. It. has private information that you may not want anyone to know

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg/ PA
Amyah
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think employers should have the right to ask that question. An employee should have there privacy. Why is an employer asking for somebody else's password. They need to worry about themselves. It's the employees Facebook not yours.

2/2/2015
Murrieta,CA
Vivian Cabral
Mr.Jabro/Creekside HS
I don't think employer's have the right to ask what an employee's Facebook password is. It is a total invasion of privacy. If the employer feels that their employee is an endangerment to anyone around them then maybe they can look at things from their profile. I feel that asking is unfair and very unprofessional. If an employer asked for my information to any of my social medias I would quit.

1/21/2015
m
Mickey
Mr.Jabro/ creekside
i don't they have the right to ask what their facebook password is because , their private life on the internet has nothing to do with them, what their employees choose do to with they lives outside of work , is their business , and shouldn't be a concern to them unless it affects with the way they work , then maybe they could go spy on them ,FROM THEIR ACCOUNT, to get information, but to use their account to see if they qualify for the job ,is so wrong ,because not everyone acts the same way they do in person online, and what if the employers were interviewing someone and they met all the requirements for the job, and they couldn't find a better person for that position, and then they ask to see their Facebook profile and they see something from a couple years back , that they didn't like, their not gonna not hire this person because of their past, whether or not the chose to delete it off their profile is their problem, but the employers shouldn't be concerned by the employee's privacy .

1/15/2015
Murrieta, CA
Aislynn
Mr. Jabro Creekside High School
I don't think employers have the right to ask for a potential employee's Facebook password. It is an invasion of privacy. What employees do outside of work is none of the employer's business as long as it is not an endangerment to anyone. I feel it is unprofessional and unfair. A law should definitely be passed to protect everyone's privacy

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
shavaughn
Mr.hana/Stroudsburg SJHS
n o employers don't have the rights for passwords to social media. This is an innovation of the works or soon to be workers. a law should definitely be passed to protect the employees privacy .

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg/pa
Emily
Hanna/stroudsburg junior high
No, they don't have the right to ask for your social media passwords because it invades your privacy. I think this invades a person's privacy because they have no right to see what you do with your life out of work. Yes, a law should be enacted because employers don't have the right to check your personal accounts.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Adjoa
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
It is completely irrelevant (and an invasion of privacy) for employers to ask for their employees' Facebook passwords. It's not okay to invade anyone's private accounts. Websites, like Facebook, are places to connect with friends and be socially active. I would think that it's really hard to do those things, that would naturally come easy to someone, if their boss was watching. The employer could simply follow the person on Facebook and/or other social media sites. This way, they could monitor the person's page without going through their personal conversations. In my opinion, asking for an employee's password is a little too much.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Maddy
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudburg JHS
I believe that employers do not have the right to get their employees' password to social media. Everybody deserves privacy. I feel that if the employer looks at the employee's profile to figure out more about them, then it's okay. The employer does not need to see every picture they liked or every comment they commented. If they suspect the employee to be "bad", then they can ask for their password. I do not think that the employer should immediately just ask for the employees' password.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Karen
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that employers do not have the right to log in to pth employees' Facebook. It does invade on employees privacy but, i think its ok to look at that persons Facebook profile to get more info about them. But, if someone was smart they would delete there photos that are "bad" and then employees' wouldn't know who the real person was. I think this should become a law that employees' do not have the right to have your log in password to your Facebook account.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Mark M
MR.HANNA SJHS
No employers don't have the right to ask for your social media passwords. That is your private information and for nobody else to see. A law should definitely be made that you are not aloud to have your workers passwords and frequently view there accounts. For that law I would state if there is an incident reported than they are allowed access to all social media but not to check frequently. We have freedom to do the things we want we don't need anybody going through our stuff.

10/30/2014
Murrieta Ca
Corrine
Creekside High School/ Mr Jabro
Should Employers be able to ask for employee's Facebook passwords? In my opinion, that is a no. To me that is very privacy intruding. They have no reason to look through you facebook messages. That is your business and yours only. There is no need for that

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Shecquanna
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
No I do not think that employers have the right to ask you for your social media passwords because I believe that it is an invasion of your privacy. I do not think that it is any part of any vetting process I think it's just straight up invading of someone's privacy. I do think that there should be a law enacted to prevent employers from doing this type of stuff. It's just not right.

5/15/2014
Murrieta, CA
Sebastian Salinas
Mr.Jabro
In my opinion it is a violation of your privacy is the employer tries to ask you for you Facebook address because their should be no reason they would even need to see it. That's your own personal life type things and it should not be affiliated with work life. So no Employers in my opinion have no right to ask for it and it should not even be brought up.

11/25/2013
Philadelphia Pa
Dejua
Mrs. HIll Widener Memorial School
Im my opinion employers should not be able to ask for employee's Facebook passwords. Facebook is their personal social interaction with other individuals. Employers shouldn't be allowed to ask them for their Facebook passwords because it's their business. It's fine to have them as friends on Facebook, if you do it that way you still can view their page but only to an extent.

9/27/2013
Watertown/Massachusetts
Adam
Rimas/ Watertown High school
In my opinion, employers do not have the right to employee's Facebook passwords. If someone is looking for a job, then the employers have the right to look at their profile to see what the employee is like, but they do not have the right to get into someone's account. There is no need for the employer to go into someone's profile. It is invading the privacy of the employee.

9/27/2013
watertown
Angelika
Rimas
Employees have no right to ask for your social media passwords. It invades on employees' privacy. A password is made to have privacy and no one will be comfortable to give out there passwords, that's absurd. They should be allowed to look at it when you are applying but them knowing your password has nothing to do with work therefore they dont need it.

9/13/2013
sidney mt
chris herren
Brad Faulaber
Employers have no right to access your personal media accounts and try to figure out your personal life. What you do outside of work is none of their concern unless it effects your work habits.

9/13/2013
Sidney/Montana
Leah
Mr. Faulhaber
You create a password so your stuff is private. If someone knows your password then it is pointless to have a password, so just keep it to yourself. Facebook isn't involved with your work so your employer souldn't need to know it.

9/6/2013
Belleville, New York
Abbey
Colby/BHCS
Passwords are supposed to be private. Would you tell someone the combination to your safe box? Absolutely not. The two may not exactly go hand-in-hand together, but you get the idea. Facebook, or other social networking sites, should not relate to work in any way. This goes for those who put work-related issues on Facebook, etc., as well.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg
Allie
Central Dauphin High School
Employers should not be able to ask for employee's Facebook password. It's a violation of the employee's privacy. The employer should only be able to look at the Facebook page but not have the password. Also the employer could do something to the Facebook page that the employee might not like. The employer has no need to having the employee's password, only being able to access the Facebook page is necessary.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg/PA
Nicole
Morris/Central Dauphin
With today's advancing technology, employers are expected to view the social networking sites of a current or potential employee. As for asking for a password, not so much. Passwords are intended to be confidental ways of accessing private accounts and information, not to be handed to every employer one encounters. Access to an individual's private messages through Facebook would be taking the hiring process a bit too far.

2/6/2013
harrsiburg.pa
Jaime R
central duaphin high school
any employer that choses to ask for a password is askijng to have total acsess of the there personal life. i can understand the employer lookin on your profile. but askin gto have acsess like 100% to your account. i believe that it is an invasion of privacy. they are lookin trought your information like your creditcard info could be on your accoun tand they could right your info down and open or make purchases trought your account. the employe have info on there account that could be private and or not ment to be seen by the employer. in final they should not be able to have acsess to your passwiord its invasion of privacy and not right .

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Burhan
Central Dauphin High School
I strongly beleive that employers should not have the right to a potential empoyees password, its called a password for a reason, to protect your private life. What you do in your personal life is almost irrevelant how you perform in the giiven work space, and even if you do something shady or questionable in your private life and if it doesnt translate into the work space its almost irrevelant,.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg PA
Kristina
Central Dauphin High School
Asking for their passwords is a complete invasion of privacy. It violates the first ammendment. The employers are able to check out their Facebook page perfectly fine without actually logging in unless the profile is private. In that case, you can just ask them to make it public while they check it out. They have no right to go through your private messages.

1/15/2013
montgomery texas
shannon W
metzger/montgomery
Asking for employees' passwords for facebook, is an invasion of privacy and a break of the first amendment of freedom. I can understand if the employees are skipping work and the employeers see, without logginf into the employees facebook, what they have been up to. The employees already show everything to the world, but it doesn't mean they have to give up what they dont want to show.

1/7/2013
Montgomery/Texas
Dallas
Metzger/Montgomery High School
I think that they should not be allowed to ask employees for there passwords. Most people use the same password for everything and giving somebody your password is giving them access to your whole life.

1/4/2013
Belleville/ New York
Kristia
Miss Colby/BHCS
I believe that employers should not have the right to have an individual's passwords to any cite. A password is meant to be private.

1/4/2013
Montgomery Texas
Ben
Metzger Montgomery high school
Employers should not be able to request passwords to social networking cites. I find it an invasion of privacy and violating the fourht amendment. Employees should still be wary about what they post onto social networking. I think employees may look at your social networking but requiring a password to be hired does not seem constitutional to me.

1/2/2013
Montgomery/TX
Monika M.
Metzger/Montgomery
Employers should not have the right to have future or current employee's passwords for social media sites. It is an invasion of privacy and they can look them up on Facbook or Twitter and see what they put out their without using their personal information to get to it. I don't believe people should post inappropriate or "risky" things and most employers believe so also. I understand looking at employers profiles because a lot of people have access and they want to make sure they don't have a wreckless person representing them which is understandable but logging into their personal accounts is unacceptable, that is like having them search your house so they can see what you do in your spair time, its just too far. Some things just need to be kept private.

12/12/2012
Montgomery, TX
Jacy L.
Metzger/Montgomery
Employers should not have the right to possess individual’s passwords for any cite. Social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter already show comments, statuses, and pictures to the public. I believe it is reasonable for the employer to request the employee as a friend so that they may over see posts of the individual, but there is no logic behind needing the individual’s password. However, it is not necessary for the employer and the employee to do this. As stated in the First Amendment you have the right to privacy and freedom of speech. By the employer requesting the individual’s password, they are breaking this freedom. Passwords and usernames are a private thing and should be kept private.

12/10/2012
CA
Yovana
MHS
Employers should not have the right to ask for their employee's social media passwords. It is a clear invasion of privacy. A law should be enacted to prevent employers from doing so. Only work matter should be of importance to and employer not their personal life.

12/9/2012
California
Melissa
Monache
Absolutely not. As American people we value our privacy and Facebook is one of our privacies.

12/6/2012
Rudyard, MT
Dono
Mrs.Campbell. Northstar
There no way that I will give that up my password because it's my private business what I do on there, and I agree with Weston from portervilla, CA that you have to look to se what we have done in the past. But still it's our business on there and there mit be something on there that I mit not let you see.

11/30/2012
Porterville, CA
Weston
Smith/MHS
What? This is a thing? NO WAY! Handing them your password gives them the ability to misuse and abuse that power. Some things are private. I get the whole looking at your page in order to make sure you will fit in with their working environment, but this is way out of line. I don't understand what employers would want control of your social media for.

11/19/2012
belleville, ny
Rebecca
colby/belleville henderson central school
NO! Employers do NOT have a right to ask you for you social media passwords. I say this because what we do outside of work, or whatever is OUR business not anyone elses. I think there should be a law to prevent employers getting YOUR social media passwords. It's your privacy and it's your life and you can do what you want with it! If your at work and on facebook or whatever then your employer needs to have a paper saying you can't have your phones at work unless it's an important call.

11/16/2012
Belleville New York
Daryan
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
I think that employers have no right to ask for employee passwords. The employee should not be penalized for something they might have said four years ago. Facebook, twitter and any other social media is for outside of work. It has nothing to do with job. I understand it helps the employer get a better perspective on that person but it’s their privacy and they deserve to have some. Before all of the social media most employers interviewed the employee. Why does that need to change? Is it not enough? An employer should be able to get a good feeling from an employee when they are one on one with them. They should not have to get on their facebook.

11/15/2012
Montgomery/Texas
Victoria
Metzger
I believe that no one other than yourself should know your facebook password. If employers really want to know what you are like or your work experience , they can refer to the references included in the application. I think if they are new and have never had experience, the employers should stricktly stick to first impressions. If I were to be asked for my password, i would reject the job immediately because strangers are not welcomed into my personal buisness.

11/1/2012
Rudyard, Montana
Samara
North Star Schools
I believe that employers have no right to ask for their social media passwords. This action does, indeed, invades the employees privacy. If a law were to be in act, it should be of protecting the employees privacy. Should the employer be able to seek out the employees page, yes. A page does say a lot about you, but going to the extreme of asking for their password is a bit much. What if another employee got a hold of your password? Giving out your password is a gateway to have others hack you. I am against that employers should be asking employees their passwords.

10/30/2012
Sidney/Montana
Zach
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
NO!!!!!!

10/30/2012
Sidney, Montana
Colleen
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that employers don't have the right to ask for employees passwords to social media. If it doesn't affect what the employee is doing at work than it's none of the companies business what they put on their facebooks or twitter.

10/30/2012
Sidney, MT
Courtney Anderson
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I don't think employers have the right to ask for your facebook password. It's not always a matter of if you're being a bad person, it's the fact that you have a right to privacy and every conversation and picture is your own private life. Your employers shouldn't have to babysit you outside your job as long as you're doing your job well. The person's personal life shouldn't effect whether they get hired or not.

10/30/2012
Sidney, MT
Jesse Ziler
Mr. Faulhaber
No, employers shouldn't be allowed to ask employees for their facebook passwords. That is your personal life and has nothing to do with your job. It is none of their business!

10/24/2012
Watertown, MA
Mohammad
Rimas/Watertown High School
I do not think that employers have a right to ask for your facebook password, because as long as you are keeping the two separate there shouldnt be a problem. If you are doing your job the way you are supposed to and youre getting all your work done there is no need for them to have access to your facebook account.

10/24/2012
Watertown, ma
Cameron/Meg
Mr. Rimas
They should not have the rights to ask for employers passwords. Business and pleasure should never mix. A person's personal life, hobbies, etc. should not effect whether you are going to hire them or not. They should be hired because of their worth ethic.

10/24/2012
Watertown Maq
Leandro
Rimas
I believe that employers have absolutely no right to ask their employees for their Facebook passwords. Whatever their employees do in their free time does not concern the employers, and that is a violation of privacy.

10/24/2012
Watertown / ma
Busra
mr.rimas/watertown high school
Employers have no right to ask their employes for there Facebook password. Their personal life is none of anyone's business. They should be hired based on their achievements and education not on what the do during their time out of work. If their personal life affects their work then they should just simply not be hired but asking for their Facebook passwords is just wrong, and it should be against the law.

10/24/2012
Watertown MA
Jordan
Rimas
If employers had the right to ask their employees for their Facebook passwords that would definitely be an invasion of privacy because the employer could find or see things that dont concern them. If anything bad is found out the employee could be fired or the employer could blackmail that person into doing anything he or she wanted.

10/24/2012
Watertown
Jessica
John Rimas/Watertown High
I do not think employers should be able to ask for their employee's facebook password. They have the right to look at the page but asking for the password is taking things to a whole new level. That is a way of violating someones privacy and freedom of speech.

10/19/2012
fenton, missouri
peyton
george guffey
emplyers should not be asked for there facebook passowor. first it freedom of speech, are they forgeting our rights? second it called a social life people. let us be free and have a good life instead of being sufficated. is security really that important where they cant lets us have aa social life. seriously.

9/28/2012
Henderson, NY
Samantha
Colby/Belleville Henderson
Employers should not be allowed to have employees' facebook passwords. If they wish to view their posts, I consider that reasonable. If you are an employee, you represent your employer and they have a right to know how your posts affect their company's image. However, it would not be constitutional for them to discriminate for such things as religion or oreination. But, if you constantly use preverse language or if you have illegal activity on your facebook than they have a right not to hire you it's a competition and employers have a right to finde the best candidate for the job.

9/28/2012
Belleville, New York
Erin
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
Employers should not have the right to have your facebook password. Facebook is your personal page that you can use to connect with friends. If your employer has your password it is an invasion of privacy. However, I think it's right if your employer is your friend and they see something regarding their buisness that they don't like, they have the right to confront you about it. But I do not believe they should ever have the right to have your password.

9/28/2012
New York
Kassie
Miss Colby
I think that it is an invasion of privacy. i dont think that any employer should be able to ask for employee's Facebook password. it shouldnt be any of there business to see what is on that person's facebook. Its a personal site, they have no right to log on to see your business.

9/28/2012
Belleville/NY
Elina
Miss Colby/ Belleville Henderson Cenral School
I think that nobody can know our passwords on Facebbok, except ourselves. This kind of action is not right. Everybody has a right to have his/her private space. Therefore, I think that asking employees their passwords is invading on their privacy.

9/28/2012
13650/NY
peter
Miss Colby/ Belleville henderson Central School
Its not a smart move in terms of business, It will make employee's nervous and it invades peoples privacy and freedom of speech.

9/28/2012
Belleville, New York
Nathan L.
Miss. Colby Belleville Henderson
I think that emlpoyers do not have the right at all to access your account and password on Facebook. I think that this invades the employees privacy and what they do on Facebook should not affect there career. I believe that an law should be enacted to protect the employees privacy.

9/28/2012
Belleville, NY
Chandler
Miss Colby
Facebook is your own personal thing. Your employer has no right to have your facebook password .

9/21/2012
nashua newhampshire
benny
fms
not right at all

9/14/2012
nashua new hamsher
logan
elm street midel school
not right

9/11/2012
Irving/Texas
Cody
Mr. Austin/Academy
Employers most certainly should not even request to have someone's social media password. This could be deemed a good idea by some, however, the fact that it violates so much privacy makes it the wrong way of going about ascertaining information on possible employees. A law should be enacted that makes it illegal to require, or even request, an employee to submit their passwords to anything.

9/7/2012
Sidney,Mt
Chris
Mr. Faulhaber
Employers shouldnt be able to have your facebook passwords. I think that because your social accounts wouldnt effect on how you do your job,so why should they need your password.

9/7/2012
Sidney, MT
Abigail
Mr. Faulhaber
Employers should not be able to ask for any of your social media sites passwords. Asking for a password is an invasion of privacy. Is your personal life on facebook really going to affect the way you work? I can understand checking up on their facebook or twitter but asking for the password is crossing the line. If your employer asks to be your friend, then fine, but they don't need your password.

9/7/2012
Sidney/Montana
Justin
Mr. Faulhaber
I beleive that employers do not have the right to ask for your social media passwords. A persons media accounts is personal privacy. An employer can't go looking around your house to see if they would like to hire you, so why should they do it in the form of media? It plainly invades privacy and is unacceptable.

9/7/2012
Sidney Montana
Lane
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The employers should not be able to ask for any passwords for anything of yours. It is your personal account. They can view your profile all they want as long as it's from their own facebook it would be invasion of privacy.

5/30/2012
Irving/TX
Dalena
Bradley/Nimitz
Employers shouldn't even have the desire to ask their employees for their Facebook password because that's an invasion of his/her personal space, which is none of the employers' business. There shouldn't be a law to prevent employers from asking simply b/c the employers should know better. Asking for a Facebook password would just be plain awkward and uncomfortable. I personally wouldn't take a job offer if the employer asked for my Facebook password because that just seems a little suspicious as to what they would need the password for.

5/30/2012
Irving/Texas
Alyscia
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the employer should have the right to ask for the password, but the employee should have the right to deny access. I do think that, while your personal life shouldn't matter to do your work, the employer has a right to know what kind of person they are hiring. How they act outside of work. If a law were written, I'm sure it would pass because people aren't as open to their private lives. All in all, I don't think there is anything wrong with this.

5/23/2012
Irving/Texas
Yasmin
Bradley/Nimtz
Employers should not be able or require their employees password to any of their social networks. Asking for a password is an invasion of privacy, these are personal websites that should stay private. If the employers are in the possession of the employees password then that account can be in danger. You never know what someone could do on your PRIVATE account. People that create these accounts made them for a reason, it was for them to share some of their personal lives. And I just think it should stay that way, and no one should ask for their password.

5/16/2012
Montgomery, Texas
Anne-alex Reynolds
Mr. Metzgar, Montgomery High School
I don't think employers should be able to have your password to your facebook account, or any other kind of accont. I do believe that it is appropriate for your employers to see what you are publicly posting online. For your employers to know what you are messaging a friend or someone you are meeting online is completely unappropriate. I believe it invades privacy.

5/16/2012
Montgomery,tx
Emily S.
metzger/Montgomery
I don't think it's right for an employer to ask for a social media password. What does the employer need to know about your personal life? There are rights to privacy for a reason and if an employer askes for social media information you should have the right to prohibit them from viewing any of your information.

5/11/2012
Porterville, CA
John
Smith/Monache
Employers should not be allowed to ask for personal information like this. The employee should have the right to privacy. No one should have to give up any form of private property, information, or opinion. Anonymity is one of the most important ideals of the internet, it's what attracts so many people to it daily. Anonymity is just a form of privacy, and so, to preserve this prime mover, we must preserve privacy.

5/10/2012
Porterville, CA
Andres
Mr.Smith/Monache
Employers shouldn’t be able to ask for employee’s Facebook password. By doing so they are trying to invade your privacy. They should enact a law preventing employers form asking employee’s their social media password since it is a breach of their privacy.

5/10/2012
porterville,ca
salinna
smith/monache
The company's have no right of getting the password to their employers account. They are invading there privacy. Such as they insurance companys looking on there facebook pages to seek what there customers are really doing. Though it does them know good to see how there employers are. they may have collect false information. thus, the law shouldnt let them have there password to there facebooks.

5/9/2012
Irving, TX
Areli M.
Bradley/ Nimitz
Employers do not have the right to ask for anyone's social media passwords. It's an invasion of privacy and who knows what they can do to someone's account. They could friend complete strangers or read their messages. It's completely ridiculous to even have thought of the idea of asking for passwords. Social networking sites do not characterize or define an individual. A person can be completly talkative and lively in person but never update a single status or post a photo to their profiles on the sites. The same goes to the quiet individual who never utters a peep yet is always tweeting every other minute. You cannot judge a book by its' cover, with the cover being his or her profile. A law should be enacted to prevent employers from asking for our passwords, because obviously common sense was not enough to make them see that its unconstitutional to invade someone's privacy. Might as well give them access to our mail too!

5/6/2012
Irving/Texas
Michael Ugwulebo
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that employers have the right to ask for your social media passwords, because it is part of one personal life and an invasion on your privacy. Example; A stranger or person that you do not know, can not walk up to you and ask you your social security number. Even if the do, you would not tell them what it is because it's personal . I think it invade on employees’ privacy. There is no reason for them to have our passwords. Asking for Facebook passwords of the employee's is not okay ,is wrong to ask for someones personal information. In my opinion a law should be enacted to prevent employers.

5/6/2012
Porterville CA
Anthony
Smith/Monache
No employers should not be able to ask for passwords because it is yours own privacy. They can look you up on Facebook but asking for your password is over stepping their boundaries as employers. Employees have their own life after and out side of work which should be no business to the employer. I do not agree with any employer asking for a password from any social media site.

5/4/2012
Benson
Edythe
Mr. Sorensen
No they done have the right to ask for an employee's Face book password its only that persons business and for their personal use. Employers should only have the right to ask for their profile to be shown to them but nothing more like password.

5/3/2012
Porterville/CA
Mario
Smith/Monache
I feel that an employer asking for social networking passwords is absurd. This is a clear act of invasion of privacy towards the owner of the accounts. In addition, there may be private personal things in which employers do not necessarily need to know. Background checks should be allowed, but not complete invasions of privacy and personal space. In addition, sites like facebook may show more of someone's wild side and not work habits which may affect chances for hire.

5/3/2012
Irving/Texas
Taylor G.
Bradley/Nimitz
Employers do not have a right to ask for social media passwords. Social media can have demonstrations of free speech made by accounts. Accounts are linked to individuals and the posts by those individuals are directly related to those individuals. Companies having access to the passwords of these accounts means that the company has access to post content. The ability for something besides the individual the account is linked to is in violation of the First Amendment because companies have the potential to posts things that aren't on behalf of the individual. Furthermore, companies can delete or remove posts that the individual that created the account has posted, which is a form of censorship. Companies should not be able to ask employees, future or past, for this information, and hiring of employees should not be affected by this.

5/1/2012
Irving, Texas
Fatima S
Bradley/Nimitz
Employers shouldn't have the right to ask for social media passwords because it is part of ones personal life. Work is something that is completely different from a persons job. I believe that asking for a password for a social networking site is invading an employers privacy because not only do they get to see every single detail of your life that you posted, but they also might take advantage of knowing the password to such sites. I don't think that a law should be enacted, but I think that employers should be more careful around personal and private matters.

5/1/2012
irving texas
amy
bradley
Requiring an employee to give you their face book or twitter password is an invasion of privacy. Employees have the right to have a private life outside of work. As long as they can act professional at work then what they do outside of their job shouldn't influence the hiring process. Your boss shouldn't be able to influence every part of your life. Laws should be made to stop this because people are going to start believing that it is okay for their bosses to ask for this and then they're bosses will start to ask for other things that shouldn't be necessary to get a job.

4/30/2012
Aurora/Ohio
Gary
Mrs.Tyrrell/Harmon Middle School
I do not think that this should be allowed, because it's an invasion on your privacy. Also, if they can have your Facebook password, couldn't they also ask for say your Twitter or E-Mail account? And what if you change your password, you they have to know? One reason why I think this shouldn't be allowed is because it may very easily get into the wrong hands. Say, you give them your password, and another employee get a hold of it, they now have access to your personal information. Another reason why I think this shouldn't be allowed is because why would they need it in the first place, probably so they can access your information and invade your privacy. I think that this should be illegal, and if the company wants the see your Facebook, they can search it and add you as "friends." This makes sense to learn about the employee. I don't even give my Facebook password out to friends, and should have to give it to my boss. They do have the right to ask you, but you have to right to say no.

4/27/2012
Irving, Texas
Jocelyn E.
Bradley/ Nimitz
I don't think that it is alright for an employer to ask for a future or a current employee's Facebook, Twitter, Email, or whatever password they may have. That is an invasion of privacy. They shouldn't be allowed to snoop through an individuals personal area. I understand they want to get to know their employee, but looking through their facebook is not the way to go. I understand if they go to their profile to look on it from their account, but being logged into their personal account is wrong. Backround checks are important for jobs, but not looking into peoples personal day to day life. And also by giving them your password, you never know who else could view your profile and if the password was handed out. I know if an employer asked me to hand over my password, I would look at them like they were crazy. My facebook has nothing to do with my job.

4/26/2012
Aurora, OH
Kiran
Frankmann/Harmon Middle School
I don't think it's alright for an employer to ask their employee for their Facebook Password. It invades the employee's privacy, and who knows, maybe the employer can mess around with the Facebook account. There can be a lot of personal things on there, such as messages to family and friends. If anything, the employer can look at the employee's Facebook page, but not ask for their password.

4/25/2012
Aurora OH
Katie C.
Frankmann / Harmon
I do not think that it is right for companys to know their employees passwords for Facebook. I think that maybe the company could have a facebook meant for work and that facebook the people that needed to like the boss could acess it. That way they could friend the workers to see what they are saying. I also think that they should only be alloweed to look at the persons Facebook if they are suspecting somethings wrong or suspicious. Otherwise I dont see why the boss would care that they have a Facebook. I am sure most workers who have Facebooks is to connect with their families. I do not think it is right to know the employees password to Facebook.

4/25/2012
Irving/Texas
Lauren
Bradley/Nimitz
I don't believe employers have the right to ask for an employee's social media password(s). This is unnecessary and a potential danger for the individual. What is to then stop the employer from logging on as the individual? What if the password “accidentally” gets into the wrong hands? Sounds like legal hacking to me. In addition, this invasion of privacy may well lead to other, more drastic violations against our personal freedoms. A law is an acceptable way of preventing this chain of events.

4/25/2012
Aurora, OH
Trevor B
Mr. Frankmann/Harmon Middle School
Yes, I think that employers have the right to ask you for your social media passwords like facebook. Employers know your work experience background by reading your resume and conversing with your references but they don’t know who they really hiring until you work for them. We have all heard the term “postal”. If employers have access to your passwords maybe they would know a head of time if you were depressed and we could prevent these workplace shootings. Most companies do background checks before hiring you so I feel there is no difference if they see your facebook page.

4/24/2012
Aurora,OH
Kelsey K
Mrs.Tyrrell/Harmon Middle School
I think employers have the right to ask for facebook or other social networking passwords depending on the type of job the employee is trying to get or situation. If it is a job like a teacher,the employer should have the right to ask because parents are trusting their children with these people and need to make good choices. If a employee was asking for a smaller job like a McDonald's worker, I do not think they need to ask. I think if the employer was notifyed about something on the social network they could ask also. Background checks can be important for some jobs people want. It depends on the situation or job.

4/23/2012
Aurora, OH
Becca Sagaris
Mr. Frankmann / Harmon Middle School
I do NOT think that employers have the rights to ask employees of potential employees their social media passwords. I think that is a major invasion of privacy. If employers really want to see their backround on facebook or any other social media website, they should just look up their page if anything. Asking for their passwords would not be appropriate, even if the employer found the employee or potential employee suspicious of anything.. They do not have that right.

4/20/2012
Benson AZ
Jonathan M
Mr. Sorensen benson high
No. Honestly its violating these employees privacy, but if i was ask such a question to give my password to an employer; i would just bring up my page instead. I mean, because i really have nothing to hide, so i wouldn't mind it if they wanted to see my account, but its different to give them my password. I wouldn't wanna give them my password, because maybe they could do something to my account or page. I would just rather open up my page, and let them look at it freely, without giving them my personal information.

4/20/2012
Irving/Tx
Ashley
Bradley/ Nimitz
I definitely do not think that employers have the right to check potential employees' social media accounts so excessively. Employees already have the right to go and view their employee's profiles, and should be able to get enough information to judge a person's moral character. I think it is extremely unnecessary and inappropriate for employers to ask for your password to access messages, friends, and whatever else they're searching for. The reason websites invented passwords was to ensure that the users would have the utmost privacy to use their accounts as they wished, and that security shouldn't be taken away. Having your profile viewed from the “inside” regardless of the content is a major invasion of privacy when you can just look at a person's profile page to get information. This invades our rights to our “zones of privacy”, and I believe that a law should be enacted as a precaution against this invasion of privacy. The reason social networks are created is to enable firstly, the communication between friends and family, but also the freedom of speech. The reason people post on say, face book is because they want to share their opinions along with their experiences and memories. People shouldn't have such a basic right such as privacy taken away from them.

4/19/2012
Benson/AZ
Cassie
Dixon
I don't think that asking an employee for personal information about their personal life is a violation of privacy. Yes, there are times when it is ok to violate privacy if you consider them to be a potential threat, but what on facebook could be a threat to an employer or anybody for that matter? I agree that if this employee is saying untrue things about the employer on facebook then it is against the law and can destroy the employer's reputation, but why do you need to get on their account to prove it or to look at it? There are better ways than hacking someone else's account to find out what people are saying. I think employers should have a right to be able to look at someone's facebook, just like anyone else, but going on the person's account and violating their privacy is not the way to do it.

4/19/2012
Benson
Ashlee
Sorenson
Asking someone for their Facebook password isn't a part of the hiring process. If an employee was to ask me for my password I would walk out. It is said that people should act with integerity, but I think that if people post things on their wall then that is enough. Obviously, people are going to discuss things they don't want everyone to know in messages, not all over their walls. People's wall's are viewed by the public, and that means that that person wasn't ashamed of what was on their page, anything else is private and shouldn't be seen by anyone, especially an employer. If the employer is so sketchy about hiring someone then maybe they should consider someone else for the job. Hiring someone means that you should be able to trust them at thier job, not what they do outside of work especially if it is private. Check their walls all you want, but it is no one's business to read their messages on Facebook.

4/19/2012
Benson,AZ
Dustin
sorenson
i think that your just invadeing peoples privacy and there should be no such thing to be able to know employers passwords that not in the job discription

4/19/2012
Benson Arizona
Kendra
Mr.Sorenson Benson High School
Employers do no thave the right to ask for a persons social media password. It is a violation of privacy. I can understand if they ask to be "friends" on their Facebooks to see what exactly they are posting on their wall, but there is no need at all to have their passwords. You do not work for them 24/7, you do have your own life, and it doesnt need to be invaded by your boss!

4/19/2012
Benson AZ
JEss
Sorenson/ Benson
I think that they souldnt be able to ask for password but they should be able to ask to for the email address. Password would give some people the passwords to everything. I would never give my employer my passwords.

4/19/2012
Irving, TX
Allison
Bradley/Nimitz
An employer requiring access to a potential employee's personal social media account by way of demanding his or her password is not part of the hiring process: It is a violation of privacy. What is to prevent employers from making the step from demanding our passwords to demanding keys to our homes? The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution states that citizens are “secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,” and in today's modern age this includes the searches of private online materials. Employers who view public information on websites such as Facebook are not in the wrong; on the contrary, this process of checking should be a benefit to businesses. However, a law should be created to prevent employers from requiring social media passwords because this is an invasion of privacy and is a gateway to other such violations.

4/18/2012
Benson, AZ
Tori M
Sorenson/ Benson High School
I don't think that emplyee's should have your facebook passwords because its invasion of privacy. Its not their business to know everything that you say or do on facebook.

4/18/2012
Irving/Texas
Aubrey G.
Bradley/Nimitz
Asking for passwords is an invasion of privacy, without a doubt. Employers do not need to know who their potential employee messages or any super personal information that is found in an account. The farthest that an employer can go is adding the potential employee on facebook as a friend. Giving out a password not only gives the company access to personal messages and a complete friends list, but it gives out personal information that is help within the password. The potential employee could not only be the facebook password but it could be the password to emails, or bank accounts. This could lead to many other problems. With all of this technology we have the rights of people can become vague, so A law should be made to protect this right of employees.

4/18/2012
warren illinios
shayna
Mrs. Hoff
i read this, & was like are you serious, if my boss asked me for my fb password, i would straight laugh in his face. what we do, or what we talk about outside of work is defffinetly none of their buisness! i agree with shynecia, if my own parents dont have my fb password, my boss, or an employer sure isnt gona have it!

4/18/2012
Warren/Illinois
Razza
Warren High School
no, i dont think emplyee's should have to give their password to their employers. They have the right to their own privacy. For all we know they could be mean bosses and hack our profile or worse... give out our password! Hey gunner!!!

4/18/2012
Warren/Illinois
Razza
Warren High School
no, i dont think emplyee's should have to give their password to their employers. They have the right to their own privacy. For all we know they could be mean bosses and hack our profile or worse... give out our password! Hey gunner!!!

4/18/2012
Warren/ Illinois
Gunner
Warren High School
I think that employees have the right to keep their own privacy. The business should not get involved with one's personal life.

4/18/2012
Warren/Illinois
Andy
Elaine/WARREN HIGH SCOOL
this is a bad idea

4/18/2012
Warren,Illinois
Alex
Mrs.Hoff
They should have the right ask people their password. The person being asked their password doesn't have to tell the person asking their password. Thats just common sense!

4/18/2012
Warren
Ryen
Mrs. Hoff
I dont think bosses should be able to have facebook passwords. what if you quit your job and they have your facebook account? they could do bad stuff. no i dont think bosses should be able to have facebok passwords

4/18/2012
Irving/Texas
Mayra
Bradley/Nimitz
I do not think that employers have the right to take passwords to get on people's profile. That is an invasion of privacy. I guess they can tell you to unblock it so they can see it because you are representing their company. To show that you are giving a good image. That should be it though, they should not be asking for password for anything that is that personal. They can see what you are posting if they want because it is on the internet, but that is how far they should go.

4/18/2012
Irving/Texas
Shynecia
Bradley/Nimitz
No, I don't think that employers have the right to ask you for your password. That is an envasion of our privacy. I would look at my boss like he was crazy if he asked me for my password. What I do with social media outside of work, is none of their business. If my own parents don't have my password, what makes them think they deserve it. A law should be enacted to prevent employers of asking that out-of-line question, "Can I have the password to your Facebook?"

4/18/2012
Irving/Texas
Grecia
Bradley/Nimitz
Employers should not have the right to ask for your social media passwords, I think that's invading your own personal privacy. Just as Rep. McHenry said, "Requiring an individual to provide access to their personal social media account is an invasion of privacy, plain and simple. Congressman McHenry is considering legislation to prevent this encroachment into Americans’ private lives." And it's true, I think viewing a possible employee's personal web pages is okay, I don't agree with it but it's acceptable, but viewing and actually having full access to their personal social media websites is just plain wrong. I don't even think that having a different kind of life or personality outside your job should make a difference on whether or not you should get hired. Everyone deserves the right to have a separate life outside your job, as long as you are professional and responsible inside your job.

4/18/2012
Irving TX
Elizabeth R
Bradley/ Nimitz
Employers do NOT have a right to ask for an employees passwords. As a working student I would not like my managers to have hold of my passwords to my social networks. I do not think that It is wrong for them to maybe add you as a friend on face book, but having hold of a password is a complete different thing. It most definitely invades employee privacy. A law should be made to prevent employers from asking for passwords. Otherwise, some employers will take advantage of the new idea. You do not need a pass word to get to know a person. That is what interviews are for. Or just simply add as a friend.

4/18/2012
Irving, TX
Jocelyn P
Bradley/Nimitz
Asking for a persons personal facebook password is crossing the line. Checking up on an employees facebook, or a future employee I find still behind the line, but having their password and being able to look through their personal messages and pictures seems like too much for me. I don't even give my mom my facebook password, so why would I be willing to give it to a company? It does invade someone privacy, but I don't think it needs to go to a far extent to have a law made up for it.

4/18/2012
Irving/ Tx
Adam
Bradley/ Nimitz
I think that it is ridiculous for companies to ask for the password to someones Facebook or twitter. I can understand them wanting to be friends with the person they are hiring but to ask for the password is overkill. They could have mine for Facebook because I hardly use it but if they asked for my twitter we would have a big problem because my twitter is ultra offensive. It is a violation of privacy and is wrong in all aspects to ask for someones personal information.

4/18/2012
Irving/ Tx
Itzel
Bradley/ Nimitz
The fact that they are asking for our passwords is a bit to extreme. One thing would be if we were required to be friends with them, that I can understand. The fact that we would be required to give them our passwords is just ridiculous! That is pretty much invading our privacy. There is no reason for them to have our passwords, what good would that even do? I think that asking for Facebook passwords of the employee's is not okay. In any means. I feel like being friends with our mangers is fine, and even unnecessary at the same time. Something definitely needs to be done, because that is not necessary.

4/18/2012
Irving/ Tx
Randie
Bradley/ Nimitz
Employers do not have the right to ask for your Facebook or Twitter password. I think that asking for someone's password is a little to drastic. I feel like this invades the employee's privacy. Because there is a reason that people have passwords, that way they can still have some privacy without people going through their stuff. Yes! A law should be enacted to keep employers from being able to ask their employees for their passwords.

4/18/2012
Irving/Texas
Nicole
Bradley/ Nimitz
I think that maybe asking for passwords is a little too much, but being able to check the possible employee by having them take their profile off of private that is more acceptable. You Facebook shows who you really are and how you make yourself out to be whether that is good or bad. I wouldn't really want to call it an invasion of privacy, but if that privilege is used the wrong way it could easily become an invasion. I think employers shouldn't get passwords, but I think they should be allowed to require you to make your profile not private to them.

4/17/2012
Irving, TX
Lilly
Bradley/Nimitz
I hold that employer's have the right to ASK for social media passwords, but it's like congressman McHenry said, “REQUIRING an individual to provide access to their personal social media account is an invasion of privacy, plain and simple.” For those who begrudgingly give up their passwords, that was their choice to share that information, simply not making it an invasion of an employee's privacy. Why? Because it's just like when you give your password out to a friend out of your own volition. The sad thing is that forking over social media passwords is a growing part of the vetting process today even though it shouldn't be. Whether or not you give your password to a company shouldn't affect the chances that you'll get hired or fired- that's overstepping their bounds. It's one thing to peruse a person's profile but to have access to all the incoming information a person would be receiving on the basis that it's required is an obvious invasion of employee privacy. I don't support a law making it illegal for employers to ASK employees or potential employees for passwords, but I would definitely support a law forbidding the employment or dismissal based on whether or not you provide your social media passwords.

4/16/2012
Irving/TX
Cathy
Bradley/Nimitz
No, employers certainly do not have the right to ask for your social media passwords. Because I've been employed before, I've heard of employers who skim a potential employee's social profile before actually hiring the person. Although, it's highly ridiculous that an employer would think that they have the right to ask for your social media passwords. It's even MORE ridiculous if you get denied the position BECAUSE you didn't release your password to them. I understand when employers go through a potential employee's profile looking for profane and insidious things, as a matter of fact, I highly encourage it. I think it's a great pathway to find a highly respected and responsible employee. On the other hand, I'm lost when it comes to actually having to give them your password or your being required to “friend” them on Facebook. I know that if during a job application, I was asked for my Facebook account password, I would shake their hand, thank them for their time, and proudly strut out. I wouldn't want to work for a place or someone that distrusts or is suspicious of their employees that much. Base someone's potential off of their work history, education, and personality, not off of what they might say or do in their private life. It totally invades in the employees' privacy. Honestly, to put it all out there in the lime light, a person can be the devil and talk from their butt outside of work, but if they come into work well-groomed, well-mannered, and does what they are payed to do, why would it matter? It shouldn't be illegal for an employer to ask for an potential employee's password, because some people would actually give that information away willingly. Although, it should be illegal to be denied a position due to the fact that you didn't give your social media password away.

4/16/2012
Irving/Texas
Marvin
Bradley/Nimitz High School
No, employers don't have the right to ask for our social media passwords. If my boss walked up to me and told me to give him my face book log in and password, I would say no, and later go to Facebook and tag him in a post sharing my experience. We as citizens of the United States have rights that are bestowed upon us. We can keep these rights until we abuse them. Besides, what ever it is I post on Facebook should not encourage my boss to want to log in to my Facebook. I understand that most jobs make their employees sign a paper that states "I will not degrade this company in any matter what so ever using the internet" But if employees feel like talking poorly about their job, they should be able too with out having to worry about any legal consenquences.

4/13/2012
benson/arizona
jonathan sooter
marv sorenson
i personly belive that they have no right to demand a persons personal account passwords becuase thats a persons own life not the companies. something else is that a persons work life is diffrent then their life outside of their work. so how can a employer ask for something that is comepletly diffrent then what they should be looking for.

4/13/2012
Benson, AZ
Josh Martin
Sorenson/Benson High School
Well no. I think its really an invasion privacy to ask that of them. If it was me I'd personally make a fake account and give them that password because I have private stuff on my Facebook. Stuff like innapropriote links or conversations about particular things. That and besides the point I already block half the people on my list from my posts. So if your going to ask for my facebook password you can go home or GTFO.

4/13/2012
benson, AZ
Ryan
Sorenson/ benson high School
no it is not right they do not have any reason to look into your personal life because it would not affect they're work.

4/13/2012
Benson Arizona
Ashley Cope
Marv Sorenson, Benson High School
I don't think it's right for an employer to ask for a social media password. What does the employer need to know about your personal life? There are rights to privacy for a reason and if an employer askes for social media information you should have the right to prohibit them from viewing any of your information.

4/12/2012
Benson, Arizona
Jenna
Mr. Sorensen
No that is just plain stupid. Why would your employer need to know anyways? It's not their personal life it's yours and they don't need to be apart of it.

4/12/2012
Benson
Chace
Mr. Sorensen
NO they should not. that has private information about yourself and your "friends" and no one but you your self should be permitted to have access to that.

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