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Should employers be able to demand Facebook passwords?

November 10, 2015

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

When you sit down for your first job interview, you may be thrown a curveball question. Not the standard “What are your qualifications?” but possibly, “What is your Facebook password?”

An increasing number of employers are asking applicants for their Facebook passwords to help vet potential employees.

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

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

While requests for passwords are more common among public agencies like law enforcement, more companies are demanding some type of access to employees’ or potential employees’ accounts.

Students looking to get a college internship have also been asked to hand over their passwords by firms. Stanton Huang, an Emory University student, was asked by potential bosses at marketing and management internships for his social media passwords, which did not sit well with Huang. “I’ve never given access and do not feel comfortable giving private information during a job interview outside of contact information and background checks,” Huang told USA Today.

This type of activity has roused some legislators to action. In 2012, six states passed laws that make it a crime for employers to demand the passwords of employees. Seven more states did the same in 2013, and an additional 25 have bills pending that ban employer social media intrusion, such as demanding passwords.

But if you live in one of these states, that doesn’t mean you have free rein when posting on social media. Employers still can look at social media posts, and people have been fired for posting unflattering statements about their bosses or company. Others have been terminated for work-time antics posted to Instagram or simply being caught playing hooky.

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 employees’ privacy? Should a federal law be enacted to prevent employers from required password to be turned in? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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1/18/2017
Murrieta, California
Zachary
MCA/ Mr. Jabro
Demand, sure, an employer should be able to demand whatever they desire, mostly because employees have the right to refuse the demand, whatever it may be. And employers don't get very far demanding every detail from their employees. However, I do agree that employers should be allowed to know what these social media identities are, often times employees can become huge detriments to their employers by posting harmful information, or endanger other coworkers they do not like. Not to mention a whole list of threats and complaints made on behalf of these workers, and their anonymity. This is not to say that they should have control of their employees social lives, but just be able to know if they are being targeted by their employees.

10/18/2016
Midlothian, Virginia
Corey
Zaval - Midlothian Middle School
I believe that an employer should not have the right to know your Facebook or any social media passwords. It is something personal and while it can contain things not very appropriate for formal businesses, if it isn't public, it shouldn't be shown to anyone but yourself. Asking for your password is like going to an interview and the employer asking: "Tell me all your information including things you keep private." It's an invasion of privacy and isn't morally correct. If you owned a journal or diary, and your boss asked to see it, would you show it to them?

9/26/2016
California
Sonny Martinez
Murrieta Canyon Academy
I think that your employer being able to view your facebook is okay but having personal access is too much in my opinion at the point it is a violation of privacy

9/23/2016
California
River
MCA
Employers should not be able to demand an employee's account password because its an invasion of their privacy. To use their account for a business advertisement would be allowed and should need the employee's consent.

9/23/2016
Murrieta
Omar Mata
Mr.Jabro
no i do not believe that employers should have the right to ask their employee for their Facebook password because that the employees privacy and their privacy should not be violated

9/23/2016
Murrieta/California
Elizabeth
Jabro/MCA
I think that the employers don't have the right to enter into your social media. Because there can be some private information on there that we don't want anyone to know.

9/21/2016
Elk Grove, CA
Rendan
Horizon Charter School
The fact is, no one has to give you a job. If you do not comply with what they ask of you, then you can look for another job. They don't need you.

9/21/2016
Murrieta
Jon Ramirez
Mr. Jabro
I don't think that they have the right to get our social media information. I think this because it is our personal information and has nothing to do with getting hired at a job. If the applicant did something wrong or is involved in something, then that may be a valid question to ask the person.

9/20/2016
murr
jazmine cueva
MCA jabro
I very much disagree to the right of of employers having their workers facebook password. That is a huge invasion of privacy, you should always keep your personal life separate from your work life.

9/20/2016
murrieta/ca
roxanne bolanos
mr.jabro/MCA
Employees should need to give employers their password because it violates the law of privacy . There should be a law against any employer prohibiting them to ask for employees passwords , there in no reason should be a reason an employer would need their employees passwords.

9/19/2016
Murrieta/CA
Evans James
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside High School
No, I don't think anyone should have the right to ask/demand someones password to their social media page because it is an intrusion to ones privacy. I do believe a federal law should be enacted to prevent anyone, mainly employees, from requiring passwords to be handed over.

9/15/2016
Murrieta, CA
Maurice
Mr. Jabro Murrieta Canyon Academy
They do have a right to ask, just as you have a right to decline. It has nothing to do with the work space, there shouldn't be any form of laws connecting the two. At home in most cases you don't act the same as you do when you're at work, so there shouldn't be a problem when the worker does something the employer doesn't agree with, unless it's illegal of course. Other than that they shouldn't even look at their facebook to do the vetting process, as well as other social media OUTLETS.

9/15/2016
Murrieta, CA
Maurice
Mr. Jabro Murrieta Canyon Academy
They do have a right to ask, just as you have a right to decline. It has nothing to do with the work space, there shouldn't be any form of laws connecting the two. In school you're taught about being proffesional

9/14/2016
Murrieta ca
Brittany
Jabro/MCA
The employer shouldn't have control of the employees account watching them thru social media is different but having complete control is unnecessary because they can be shady and change their information and then still blame the employee

9/12/2016
Michigan
Dominic
Mr. Fite
Although I believe an employer shouldn't have control over an employee's social media account(s), I believe employers have the right to watch over those accounts and use them in their decision of whether or not they will hire a person as they may not like what the person portrays them self as outside of a workplace. If a person doesn't post anything obscene or rude, then they should have nothing to worry about when letting a boss keep a watchful eye over their social media accounts.

8/16/2016
Rochester, NY
Mike
MCC
No boss should ever be alowd access to anyone's social media passwords. If companies are going to be that nosy, then they aren't worth working for. Everyone has an expectation of privacy, even at work.

5/17/2016
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Liviana
Mrs. Morris/ Central Dauphin High School
No, because it is an invasion of privacy. You should be able to post what you would like on Facebook, as long as it is reasonable and not obscene, and not have to worry about your boss going through your account.

5/16/2016
Murrieta/ CA
Lauren
Mr.Jabro/ Creekside
I don't think it is right for an employer to ask for social media passwords because it invades people privacy, the employer can still look at the persons profile without their password. If they have your password they are allowed to go through messages and allowed to post things, which could cause issues. Everyone should have their own privacy, so I definitely think they should make a law to stop this.

5/12/2016
Murrieta/ CA
Nathaniel
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside High School
In certain situations I would say yes. If they want to go onto their social media profiles and see if they are an appropriate person to hire, or see if they have anything offensive on their page. If they want your password they should at least explain why they want it, then it would be justified. I do not think a federal law should be passed, for the reason that if they have a good explanation then yes, they should be able to get into your social media. But otherwise, no they should not. They can check if you are slacking off during the work hours by checking if you recently posted anything. This could be a great addition to making workers do their job to the best of their ability.

5/10/2016
Hoover, AL
Evan
Mr. Parker/Spain Park High School
Employers should not have access to potential employees’ social media accounts. It is a complete violation of privacy. The whole point of having a password is so that your account is private only to you. Someone’s password could get into the wrong hands just by giving it to an employer. Blackmail could take place and cost an innocent person their job. Although most people don’t have things to hide, there are just some things that are super personal, and should only be seen by the rightful owner.

5/9/2016
Bloomsburg PA
Pete
Mr Davis
I don't think employers should be able to ask for a password so they can look on your profile at any time it is an invasion of privacy, but employers can still look at what you post on social media. It's not right for an employer to ask for something like that because with your password they can change your account.

5/9/2016
Bloomsburg, PA
Tyson
Mr. Davis/Bloomsburg Area School District
I think that companies should be allowed to ask for a password to view private information. If someone has something bad on their profile then that is their fault. On the other hand, companies should not be allowed to keep record of the password. Most information on social media accounts are public anyways so a company keeping record of the password is incorrect to do, but they should be allowed to view the profile for a "one time only" action during the interview process. I have mixed emotions about both sides of the debate.

5/9/2016
Bloomsburg, PA
Sean
Mr. Davis, Bloomsburg High School
This is mainly and invasion of privacy issue. If an employer asked me for my password I would say no. Almost all the social media sites and options on those sites are public anyway. If they want to see my account, just look me up, you don't need to see my private information to see what I post.

5/9/2016
Bloomsburg PA
Lake
Mr. Davis
Employers should not be able to demand social media passwords for any reason. If the information is public, they can access it, but when its private information hidden in your account, they shouldn't. It invades the privacy of employees when your employers can get into your social media account. They should definitely make laws stopping this.

5/9/2016
Bloomsburg, PA
Reagan
Jerry Davis
I believe that employers should not be able to ask for facebook passwords. They should be limited to see what is available and public on the page itself. There should be no need to get a possible employees password and exploit their personal life.

5/9/2016
Bloomsburg
Alexis
Bloomsburg
I think they should be able to because companies can be allowed to ask for drug test. If you want the job you would give them the passwords and should have nothing to hide. The company should be able to make their own guidlines on who they want to hire.

5/9/2016
Bloomsburg
Zahier
Jerry Davis Bloomsburg High School
No they should not because they can view all of your posts without your passwords

5/2/2016
Murrieta, CA
Renzo
Jabro, Creekside HS
I do believe that privacy is subjective, as a lack of privacy can unnerve some people. But in scenarios where knowing someones prior exchanges and deeds are important, then privacy can be given up. If a employer asks for the candidate to log on for screening purposes then i do believe that is fine. But if the employer keeps the password on record, then that is unconstitutional. Do remember though; If you have nothing to hide, then why stay hidden?

4/4/2016
Kennett Square PA
Linda Schiavo
Mr.M. Logue/ PALCS
I do not think they should be able to ask for social media passwords. I think that ruins someones fun and privacy that they do not want certain people seeing. If they feel you should see the things they post they can send you a friend request.

3/29/2016
Davis/CA
mike
Mr. Raymond/DSHS
No way. If an employer wants to see what anyone posts on FB, or anywhere else, they can. Or, they can "friend" the employee. Giving the employer the password is not only a violation of the terms of service but gives the employer the ability to post on that account or edit that account. No employer needs a password - ever.

3/23/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Amber F
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that employers should not have the password to their employees online accounts. This is a violation of privacy. Your boss doesn't need to know what you are doing everyday because of your posts. Your life is your life. No one should judge your posts online to decide whether not you get a job or not. I believe that it should be a legal for employers to make their employees hand over their passwords.

3/22/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Jullian
Mr.Hanna/SJHS
I believe that employers should not and also do not have the right to demand for a Facebook password or any other social media passwords. I believe this because many people can't afford devices that you get social media on and many people do not know how to use social media. That is why employers should not ask for Facebook passwords.

3/19/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Matt
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
No, employers do not have the right for social media passwords because its an evasion of privacy. during work bosses should be able to ask you questions but outside of work people should have their privacy away from the bosses. There should be a Federal Law because pass words are meant for you not for other people to find out or have.

3/17/2016
Murrieta/CreeksideHS
JacobStrommen
Mr.Jabro
No, we have a right to have our own privacy and should be able to keep things to ourselves. We're not going to act like how if the employer would want us to act at the job we have applied for or are working for. To keep the job you will always act professionally anyway in the workforce.

3/17/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Asia H.
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe it is unprofessional and inappropriate for an employer to ask or demand the access of your Facebook account. How would you feel if you made a post about your relationship and your boss commented, liked, or even gabe you advice the next day? It would make you feel uncomfortable. Employers newd to understand that the work environment and your social life are two different things and need to be kept seperate. A lot of people don't behave the same as they do at work which is highly understandable. Plus, the enployer could fire you or deny you the job and they would still have your password. I personally believe that if you don't trust your employees enough to not need to watch what they are doing on social media, then they should not be your employee. Sometimes employers don't even need to check you social media, they just want to to see what you are doing in your PRIVATE life. The main word in the sentence is private; your privacy is important. In order to hire and employee you need to be able to trust them and know for a fact that they are loyal and commoted to their job.

3/17/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Hala E
Mr.hanna/ SJHS
I don't think employers have the right to demand for passwords. Passwords are a security measure that is taken so no one can access your personal accounts, so when an employer asks for an employees password that ruins the reason for a password. I believe that this invades a persons privacy. If you want to look at their accounts they can simply look it up. I think that if this problem keeps getting ignored it can get bigger and employers might think they can keep invading a persons privacy. I believe that a federal law should be passed, a person should feel comfortable in their work place but with a boss who has access to all your things is uncomfortable

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
paige
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I dont think employers should have the right to ask their applicants for their passwords. Like you have a password for a reason. I honestly think that their should be a federal law against this, because i don't think that its fair. Like you're going through someones private account. Everyone deserves their own privacy.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
paige
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I dont think employers should have the right to ask their applicants for their passwords. Like you have a password for a reason. I honestly think that their should be a federal law against this, because i don't think that its fair. Like you're going through someones private account. Everyone deserves their own privacy.

3/16/2016
Murrieta/CA
Vanessa H.
Mr.Jabro/CHS
No, I don't think that employers should be able to attain future employers passwords for any social media. That would be a complete invasion of privacy by stranger. Your social life and work life are two entirely different things.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg
Raven
Mr Hanna /Stroudsburg JHS
I think that it's to ask if the employee's should have there own account for work because they might not use it for work, instead they might use it for other things. Also they might share there pass codes to other people so that they can go on there account

3/16/2016
East Stroudsburg,PA
Aaron
Mr.Hannah /JHS
No, I do not think that employers have the right to ask or obtain their employees or future employees social media information .I believe that it is a violation of a persons privacy and that all states should make it a law that prohibits employers for asking employees or applicants for their social media passwords.

3/16/2016
stroudsburg PA
collin
stroudsburg JHS
I think that people should have the right to their privacy its not right to have other peoples password there is personal stuff on there that people might not want anyone to see like messages

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Bridget Clark
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think that employers for Facebook showed know our password it is a personal password and it's not for the world to know. Yes, It does invade privacy because the employees could be going through you account. Yes, I think that the they should NOT be able to see our passwords. We made passwords for our needs not theirs.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Leanna
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
No,I don't think that it's right to ask people for their passwords for social media because there can be personal things,that like your parents died when you were young so now your looking for a job to get rid of some stress and feel better and be more solcial to make friends and call them when you need them the most and they'll be there for you no matter what,or what situation.Some of this is about the vetting process and it invades the

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Salome
Mr.Hanna/ stroudsburg JHS
I don't think employers should have the right to ask for social media password, because you have a password for a reason. I don't thinks it's part of the venting process and it invades employees privacy cause you're going into there private account. I think there should be a federal law against this, because I don't think it's fair not to get a job do to your social media and you not giving them your password that you created for yourself.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Lauryn
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that an employer asking for your Facebook password is inappropriate. Your life outside of work is your own life if you want to be friends with them that's fine. I think it is right toy make it illegal because it is ruining your privacy. If you are looking for their information to see if they are good they still should not need their password looking at their profile should be enough.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Mahogany
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that employees shouldn't be aloud to ask for passwords. It's invading people's privacy, I shouldn't have to give out my password for my job,That's personal. I think that a federal law should be passed because it's effecting privacy.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Jayden
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Employers should not be able to ask for a persons passward to Facebook. Employers always try to seem proffesional, but by doing this you seem like a bad person to work with. By asking that it's invading privacy and who knows what they will post on your account. If an employer happens to ask say no and if they don't take you it's their loss . Only certain people ask you that and they are not one of them.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, Pa
Ashley C.
Mr. Hanna / Stroudsburg JHS
I think that it is wrong to invade someone's privacy and they shouldn't ask. If you think someone is suspicious don't hire them. You can at least look at Their profile not the whole account info. I think there should be a law to this because it's not right for someone to invade privacy like that.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg
Ricardo
Mr.Hanna JHS
In my own opinion i dont agree tht employers have the right to ask or demand for social media passwords. This is because social media is something private and yours not theres, and you dont even know if you can trust the people your giving your password too. I believe that enployers demanding for passwords is not vetting process but instead inavasion of property. Social Media is something in which us as people should jave privacy with. I do agree that there should be a law that protects us from this because all i see this as is invading privacy by employers who you dont even know who they are.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Miguel
Mr.Hanna Stroudsburg sjhs
I don't think that potential employers should be able to ask for your facebook password. If an employer want to see what a person is doing on facebook, they can look at said persons profile, and that should be enough information as to whether or not that person is going to be a good or bad employee. I think that to ask for a persons facebook password is an invasion of privacy, and they shouldn't be able to do it. Although if a person has nothing to hide, they might be more willing to give up their password.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, pa
Austin t
Mr Hanna/ Stroudsburg
I think they have no right to ask for your personal information like that. It's gives the person to have no privacy . I feel like they shouldn't be able to ask for someone's password. If people want privacy let them have it.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Ashley
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think it's absured that employers think they have the right to invade others privacy and ask someone for their Facebook password, or any password for that matter. I may believe that employers should friend potential workers on Facebook or follow them on any social media accounts they may have. But I believe it's wrong for an employer to ask let alone demand a worker to share personal information such as a password because some people in this world are crazy and will take things too far...like for instance what if an employer logged on to ones social media account and posted something, how would someone handle that. I think that the idea that employers are demanding to see passwords for their social media accounts shouldn't even exist. I think the states that outlawed this action have truly done the right thing and the states who have yet to pass it need to start thinking about all the problems that can occurs because of all of this. I believe that what the employee posts should be monitored but the employer has no right to ask for his/her Facebook password in the prosses.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Leo
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg Junior High
I believe that it is an invasion of privacy for companies to demand an employee's passwords on social media. Technically it could be a form of theft because the profiles on these websites are owned by the employees and not by the company.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Brianna
Mr. Hanna/ SJHS
I believe that if you have a social media account then that's YOUR social media account not your bosses. It's extremely rude to ask for ones password even if it is your employer. It is intrusive to the employees personal life and I understand the point were you need to know who your hiring but that is crossing the line. There should be a law so we don't have to give up our passwords to our bosses.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Justin C.
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think it is right for the companies to do this! This is a very wrong thing to do to go on to the persons account basically meaning they have no privacy from their job. I don't think people should be judged by what they post on social media.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Justin C.
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think it is right for the companies to do this! This is a very wrong thing to do to go on to the persons account basically meaning they have no privacy from their job. I don't think people should be judged by what they post on social media.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Sydney
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think it is very wrong for employers to demand passwords. It is a complete invasion of privacy and can lead to a lot of problems. If employers mess with profiles and accounts, the account/profile owner can be criticized for things the employer changed or posted. Maybe in the future, if laws are passed to allow demands for passwords, people won't get social media accounts because it could simply be too problematic to get a job with one.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Sabrina
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I strongly believe employers should not be able to ask people for their Facebook passwords. Yes, its okay to look on their profile to see information but to have complete access? That's ridiculous. Its invading a persons privacy. Something's just have to be left out. Personally, I would NEVER hand out my Facebook password to an employer. My business is my business. I believe there should be a law executing the right to ask for social media passwords everywhere.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, Pa
Eric
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg jhs
I do not think employers should be able to demand passwords. You don't know if the employer will try to take advantage of anyone because they have some of their personal information. Depending on what they have on their account the employer may also decide not to employ them based on who they associate themselves with.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
AJ Schito
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that an employer asking an applicant for their Facebook password is extremely inappropriate. Your work life and your personal life should stay seperate. I think that it was right for those states to make this illegal in 2012-2013 because it is an invasion of privacy. Even though it is common for employers to search the profiles isn't that enough? Why is it necessary for the employers to have the password additionally?

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Hannah R.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not believe employers have the ability to demand passwords of any social media, not just Facebook. A password is there for a reason. To keep people from accessing information or just from invading your privacy. Not only that but a quick scan through and employee's personal account should not be the judge of whether someone should be employed.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Dallas
Mr. Hannah/Stroudsburg JHS
In my opinion no employers do not have the right to ask for social media passwords. It should be your privacy. It definitely does invade employees privacy they may have some private stuff that no one should be able to see or have. There should be a federal law stating that no employers have the right and cannot ask employees for their social media passwords. Everyone should have their own privacy and not have to worry about giving their employer their passwords that's just wrong.

3/13/2016
Rudyard/MT
Jalissa
Mrs. Campbell/ North Star
I don't think that potential employers should be able to ask for your facebook password. If an employer want to see what a person is doing on facebook, they can look at said persons profile, and that should be enough information as to whether or not that person is going to be a good or bad employee. I think that to ask for a persons facebook password is an invasion of privacy, and they shouldn't be able to do it. Although if a person has nothing to hide, they might be more willing to give up their password.

3/10/2016
freeport il
sarah
cherie
I don't believe anybody should have the right to ask me for any password to any of my social networks...how i preform a job has nothing to do with my facebook and vise versa. People do their jobs the way they are supposed to be done and could still leave the work place and be someone different. Everyone puts up a front at work whether its being nice to customers talking a different way being more proper etc and then may be totally different outside the work place....as long as they getting their jobs done it shouldnt matter whats on someones fb

3/3/2016
CA
isaac
jabro creekside
no one a person works with should be able to demand passwords to their personal media. what someone does or talks about on their profile shouldn't be viewed or demanded to be seen by any employer.

3/2/2016
Sidney/ MT
Lucas
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
No, an employer should not be allowed to demand for an employees facebook password or any password for that matter. There is no reason at all for anybody but yourself to have your passwords. It defeats the entire purpose of even having one in the first place.

2/29/2016
California murrieta
cameron
creekside high school mr. jabro
no they should not be able to demand that type of stuff bevause that is your own private stuff on there, they shoudnt be allowed to go through your private messages and your private account thts is all your stuff not someone elses thats why there is a password, its there for areason so someone shouldnt be allowed to demand it from you especially a employer

2/11/2016
Murrieta/Ca
Kayla
Jabro/Creekside
I feel that employers shouldn't be allowed to go through someone's personal account. Of course if someone is posting harmful things on their facebook timeline, it could be a problem, since it's pretty public, but whatever someone talks to their friends about in their private messages is their business, not their possible employer. I feel that having to give someone your facebook password is a serious violation of privacy, and people should feel comfortable having conversations about whatever they please with their facebook friends in private.

2/9/2016
Rudyard/MT
Samantha
Mrs. Campbell/North Star
Should employers be able to demand Facebook passwords? I believe that employers asking for their employee's passwords is a violation of privacy. If their employer wants to find out what they are posting online, they have a right to look online, but when it comes to gaining access to their future/current employee's private account, they are stepping into the employee's personal life. This is illegal in certain states, such as New Mexico (for future employees), and can be argued to be breaking the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights since they are trying to gain access to private documents/information without a search warrant or a real need. While what their employees do in their personal life can affect their employers to a certain degree, it is private and should be kept that way to protect their rights.

2/9/2016
Murrieta, CA
Julianne
Mr. Jabro / Creekside High school
I don't believe employers have the right or should have the right to ask for an employees Facebook or any other social media account password. It is strictly an invasion of privacy. If this is a sad excuse to "make sure an employee is fit for the job", then what's the point of interviews. When someone is hired, in most cases the person who hired them trusts them to some extent do their job. I think I speak for myself and many others that personal life and business should never cross paths.

2/8/2016
Murrieta, CA
Kameo
Mr. Jabro/CreekSide
I believe that employers should not be able to demand possible employees' passwords for any social media. That is violating ones privacy. This demand violates the fourth amendment, "The Right of Privacy". If the employer is real concerned, they would be fine with looking at the employees social media page from a different account, or their personal account.

1/28/2016
Sherman IL
Oliver
Williamsville Junior High
Employers should not be able to demand Facebook passwords. Your Facebook password is your private password that no one should be able to know. I get how they want to know what your behavior is like outside the the interview process. I wouldn't want to take the risk, because when your boss gets into check on your Facebook account they could harm you and your account you wouldn't want that to happen.

1/28/2016
Williamsville/IL
Carson
Compardo/WJHS
It is completely inappropriate to ask for a Facebook password from an employee. It invades their privacy. There's no reason for anyone else to have it, and the person vying for the information could do anything they wanted with your social media accounts. It's just hard to trust people with that kind of information, especially if you have several social media accounts because you may have the same password for those. A company can view your posts on your profile without having to look deeper into your personal life. With a password, they can view all your messages, too, which is nobody's business but yours. It's completely unacceptable to demand any kind of personal information such as a password.

1/27/2016
CA
David
Mr Jabro
This is totally unacceptable and an invasion of privacy. If a company wants to see your posts thats acceptable. they do not need access to such personal things as person to personal messages, information about wherebouts, ect. In A professionall work enviornment, the company should be concerened about how you reperesent them. but that does not give them permission to pry into every aspect of your life.

1/18/2016
Rudyard, MT
Kiera
Mrs. Campbell
Absolutely not. Your facebook information like your password is personal and private and no employer deserves to know that. If an employer wants to follow you on social media or friend you to see your wall that's okay. Its going beyond the right of privacy to have your passwords. It could lead to other problems like if you and your employer end on bad terms, while unprofessional, an employer could log on to your account and post and say things in retaliation. Its just not a good idea the general information asked in interviews is enough.

1/14/2016
murrieta, CA
Casey H.
Mr.Jabro
NO! That is a huge invasion on someones private property. I don't see what the problem wopuld be with trying to friend them maybe on Facebook but to give out your password, that is not right at all. This invades employees' privacy more than anything! I don't think we need to get the law in it but i know if anyone asked me i'd say nope because thats my personal private property. YOUR social media should only be seen by you, and of course your followers.

1/12/2016
Irving/TX
Lexia Martinez
Bradely/Nimitz
Keeping your personal life out of the workplace is always good. So as to what happens in your own private life should stay there. What is the need of attacking future employees for their social media passwords when what has been posted publically should be the only thing employers need to see, which can be seen without the need of a password. Messages, etc are to stay between the personal life of the future employee, so no employers should not be able to demand social media passwords

1/12/2016
Irving/TX
Desarae
Bradley/Nimitz
I completely disagree when it comes to the topic of employers having the right to ask for social media passwords because it is simply a violation of privacy. In regards to the federal government passing a law that will make it a crime for employers to demand passwords , I feel as though it is necessary. The reason for my stance is because of the simple reason that the employer would have access to their direct messages to whom is none of the employer's concern. For it is one thing to be able to view an employee's profile on their own time if they have possible access, but it is another to demand automatic entry to their social media accounts.

1/12/2016
Murrieta/California
McKenzie
Jabro/Creekside High school
I don't see why what pictures and statuses you post on facebook should concern any employer. All that really matters is if the employee is showing you in actions how good or bad they work.

1/11/2016
Irving/ Tx
Maria
Etheridge/ Nimitz
Employers should not be able to demand Facebook passwords. To demand a password to someone's social network is an invasion of privacy. Employers can easily ask an employee to pull up their profile if they felt it necessary to check. If an employer is paranoid to the means of wanting to be able to enter a person's page by themselves to lurk then an employer should just prohibit their employees of owning an account. Facebook accounts can have intimate elements such as certain preferences or conversations which have no relevance to one's job. Why would an employer need to see every aspect of an employee's life even when it does't affect or concern said employer? Who's to say that an employer, as we are all imperfect human beings, won't overstep boundaries and go further into details of their employees lives or meddle with which they shouldn't. Facebook is more than likes and comments and an employer should respect employee privacy.

1/4/2016
Sidney/MT
Sierra
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe employers should not be able to demand Facebook passwords. That's an invasion of privacy. However, they do have the right to look at what you post by searching for your profile on these social media sites. Any one can look at a public profile whether they be an employer or not. By requesting a password the employer is invading its' employees' privacy.

12/17/2015
Irving/Texas
Cesar
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe companies deserve to be able to look at what you post to make sure a employee isn't giving them a bad name, but they don't have a right to any social media platforms passwords.There has to be a clear cut line that marks what's invading privacy and what is justified and this crosses that line by a mile.The constitution doesn't guarantee us the right of privacyprivacy, but it states that the right's listed aren't the only ones we have. Also some would argue that the right to privacy is a inalienable right and should be treated as so.

12/16/2015
murrieta/California
Khedar Chuck Jones
Jabro/Creekside
i think that employers do not have the right to ask for your social media passwords because that is invading your privacy. yes a federal law should be in enacted.

12/15/2015
Murrieta/California
Joshua Garcia
Jabro/Creekside HIgh School
In my personal opinion, it is a smart move for employers to ask for social media passwords of worthy/considerable candidates. It is a good addition to the vetting process for the accurate choosing of future employees. Therefore, in terms of safety, protection, and future work performance; A federal law for the prevention of employers requiring passwords from their candidates, should not be enacted. Employers need to learn about what kind of people they may be hiring for the future of their business and the safety of others. After all, personality/lifestyle say a lot about a person and their work performance.

12/11/2015
Murrieta/ CA
Maria
Menera
When it comes to looking at a potential employees social media to see if they are a good person to work for you and represent your company then i completely 100% think that is okay. However, asking for their private passwords to all their social media accounts is an invasion of privacy. To make things a little more clear invasion of privacy is " unlawfully intruding onto his/hers private affairs, discloses his/hers private information." Now days you never know you anyone truly is and i dont think it is smart to give anyone any of your passwords to anything.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
David
WongP1/Lorbeer
I believe that employers should not be able to ask you for your Facebook password. It violates to much privacy and gives the viewer information on personal affairs that would otherwise prefer to remain unseen.If the employer insists, they can view the profile under the supervision of the owner but anything past that is unnecessary. As for punishing it, its not that a big a deal a simple warning would suffice.

12/11/2015
Pomona/CA
AnyssaP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that it is wrong to let employers have access to an an applicants Facebook profile, or access to any other social media site. I believe this is wrong because it is an invasion of privacy to the applicant. The Fourth Amendment states that "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...". Seeing the personal information that a person posts on social media is not acceptable. It should not matter what the applicant posts on social media, as long as they work efficiently and don't cause problems, it should not be a big deal. I think that there should be a federal law preventing employers from asking what an applicant's passwords to their social media sites are.

12/11/2015
Dimand Bar/CA
AndyP5
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that employers should not demand any type of private information because I believe everyone should have an amount of privacy in their life and kept only to themselves. Also I'm glad that a few states have made a law that no employers can demand employees their passwords for any social media even if its Facebook, Twitter, or anything passwords should stay private. Also people don't know that they can trust employers because the employers can do anything with private information. For example, employers can black mail you, post something you wouldn't post, or even give your information to somebody else. So I truly believe that private information should remain private.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
JonathanP5
Wong/Lorbeer
I strongly believe that employers should not be able to access an employee's personal social media account or have possession of their employee's social media accounts. Employers and companies should not be allowed to demand passwords of their employees, viewing their profiles is fine, but having access to their profiles is an unacceptable invasion of privacy and should not be allowed. People should and do have a right against this. The Fourth Amendment "The right of the people [employees] ... against unreasonable searches ... shall not be violated" By demanding the passwords of their employees employers are violating the Constitution. In short, any background check and brief viewing of an employee's social media account should be adequate enough to satisfy an employer.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
UriahP.4
Wong/Lorbeer
Olivia Lorbeer/Diamond Bar 12/8/15 In Olyvia's comment she mentioned that giving away your password to an employer, is like giving someone the keys to your house. I agree with her, because she states that it is an invasion of your privacy, which is one hundred percent true. I believe that she states that she doesn't even like showing her messages to her mom, so why would she share with an employer, and in my opinion I couldn't any more with her on this topic. In this case she states that its an invasion of privacy, our lives, and its just uncomfortable to have a stranger knowing your password, and knowing the fact that they can read your messages, posts, and comments at anytime.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
JerikaP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I don't think employers should have the right to demand Facebook passwords. Employers demanding for someone's Facebook password violates the user's privacy. The Fourth Amendment states, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons... against unreasonable searches and seizures ... shall not be violated." Any social media account is something that belongs to someone making it their property. Also, what is the full point on searching a person's Facebook? An employer could possibly just look through their private messages by taking someone's Facebook password. I happen to believe it is not what the employer does outside of work. How an employer while at work is what matters most. Therefore employers are not allowed to search a future employee's Facebook because it is unconstitutional.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
Randy P5
Wong/Lorbeer Middle school
I think employers should not be able to demand Facebook passwords. I think this because if they have access to their employees Facebook accounts they could threaten them to do something or they will blackmail them. If that’s not enough if the employee decides to quit, their Facebook is left to do whatever the boss wants. It I also an invasion of privacy because the boss can see who you are friends with and they can see if they sent you a message. So I do not think it is alright to leave the employees social lives at the hands of their bosses.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Emily T
Wong/Lorbeer
Employers should not be allowed to ask for Facebook passwords because that is personal information. Companies can ask for Facebook usernames but not passwords since you can view the profile from the outside. You can see everything you want to see from the inside of the profile from the outside and by what they post. If employers think they should invade their employees because they don't trust them then why bother hiring them in the first place. Sure sometimes an employee may be a little irresponsible or immature on their Facebook profile but if they are a hard worker and really focus on their work there is really no reason to have that personal information.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar/California
KaiP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that it honestly depends on the job because I can go on to one side and say that it would be a total invasion of privacy and they could mess around with your account but then I could flip to the other side and say that it would be okay to see if you have any thing that would be suggestive or looking to see if they are responsible and are the appropriate candidate. It is understandable that they are uncomfortable with giving them sensitive passwords but hey should at least provide some sort of check that could substitute for giving them an answer. Another is that employers should not be being nosey and poking around in other peoples business because that is a downright invasion of privacy and if your invading some one else's privacy you better have a good reason. Lastly, I don't think it should be outlawed but they should at least make some sort of law that limits they amount of things they can see instead of watching over you like a hawk in social media 24/7.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
UriahP.4
Wong/Lorbeer
Cole Parker/Hoover 12/10/15 The comment that Cole made was that employers should be able to know your Facebook password so they know who you are outside of work. I disagree because, your giving them your personal information to your Facebook, and you barely even know who they are since your barley applying for the job. I believe that you shouldn't have to give your employers your password, because if they want to know who you are based on your Facebook then you can just show them your page at that time, because I wouldn't want them to have access to my social media. This is based off the idea that many people get hacked everyday or have pictures on their profile that they never posted, and this is usually, because they know your password. Even if you're applying for a high position job, and they want to know your life outside of work then you can simply show them your page instead.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
KarenP1
Wong/Lorbeer
By just staring at the title, I could already tell what my answer to the question would be. No. While I do understand that big corporations and facilities may need the password of future employees (because depending on the type of employment and what standards are to be met then yeah the employer would probably like to get up close and personal), I do not see it necessary for other types of jobs to have them. I for one do not like handing out my social media passwords, however I will tell people my usernames so then they can follow me :), and I would be completely thrown off in any person demanded it as if they had a right to them seen as they are too much of personal information. If employers wanted to see how I behaved out of the job environment then they can just either set up an outing with me so they can learn more about me or they can just see my social media in the view everyone else does because anything other than that would be invading my privacy. If a company believes that they have a right to Facebook passwords then they're in the wrong because in Amendment 4 it states that there cannot be any unreasonable searches and seizures, unless there is a warrant. To be honest, if any company/store were to ask me to give this type of information I'd probably walk out because I am not going to trust to be safe under the roof of a place that has the audacity to ask for my password. A federal law should be enacted to prevent employers from requiring passwords to be turned in because my life is my life same goes for my password, it's my password. The question by itself literally seems so suspicious because they make it seem as if they would like to know more about your life then you're life outside of the industry and they, in my eyes, do not have a right to that.

12/10/2015
Hoover
Tyler
Parker
I think they not be allowed to ask for this information. I think it violates people´s privacy. If a company wants to monitor what their employees are posting then that is fine, but having full access to his/her profile is too much power. They can read private messages or even post something as someone they are not. So no, I think they should not have the passwords to employees for the sake of privacy.

12/10/2015
Hoover
Tyler
Parker
I think they should not be able to get employees´ passwords. I feel like that is a violation of privacy and should not be demanded by the employer. If the company wants to keep watch over their employee´s posting that is perfectly fine, and actually a wise idea to keep track of their employees. However, I do think the passwords is bad because then they can use and have access to their employees private messages and other things that is personal to the employee. I think monitoring them is good, but this is a step too far in my opinion.

12/10/2015
Hoover
Tyler
Parker
I think they should not be able to get employees´ passwords. I feel like that is a violation of privacy and should not be demanded by the employer. If the company wants to keep watch over their employee´s posting that is perfectly fine, and actually a wise idea to keep track of their employees. However, I do think the passwords is bad because then they can use and have access to their employees private messages and other things that is personal to the employee. I think monitoring them is good, but this is a step too far in my opinion.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Uriah P.4
Wong/Lorbeer
I don't think that employers should have a right to ask or receive your Facebook password. The reason why they shouldn't have a right is because, your giving away your personal information, and you don't know what they're capable of doing to your page, they can hack or post anything on your profile, at any time. Why do they even need your password anyways, why can't you just show them your page at that moment, why do they need to know your password. It's ridiculous why someone would ask for you to give away your password, just so they can see your profile, and after that who knows what else they'll do to your profile. To me I don't even like revealing my passwords to anyone in my family or friends, so why would I give them my password if I can't trust anyone else.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar/California
Jon-CesarP.4
Wong/Lorbeer
I wholeheartedly believe that employers do not have the right to ask for your Facebook password when you sit down for a job interview. I see it as the equivalent of asking for the key to your house. Now, I can see why it may be acceptable for people applying for government agencies to hand over their Facebook password, but for any other reason besides that, I see it as an invasion of personal space. I think searching Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts may be acceptable also. If an employer gained an applicant's password they could impersonate them by sending private messages, posting on their page, or even accept friend requests from people you may not even know. Finally I do think it all comes down to who is asking the applicant for their password. Like I mentioned before, when applying for a government job, a job involving any government official, or a job with public authorities such as the police it is fine for passwords to any social media account to be asked for. Otherwise, in my opinion, it is not right.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
BraedynP4
Wong/Lorbeer
In my opinion, it is wrong to request a social media password from an applicant. It is not needed to access social media profiles just for the sake of searching for possible employees. The applicant could have had personal information on their account that they would not want anyone looking into. Even if it helps a business somehow, it does not give any employers the right to invade anyone's privacy. It should be optional to allow an employer access to accounts, and I am glad that legislators took part in this issue, since there has no doubt been times where an employer scavenged an applicant's account and found information that was meant to be kept private.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Uriah P.4
Wong/Lorbeer
I don't think that employers should have a right to ask or receive your Facebook password. The reason why they shouldn't have a right is because, your giving away your personal information, and you don't know what they're capable of doing to your page, they can hack or post anything on your profile, at any time. Why do they even need your password anyways, why can't you just show them your page at that moment, why do they need to know your password. It's ridiculous why someone would ask for you to give away your password, just so they can see your profile, and after that who knows what else they'll do to your profile. To me I don't even like revealing my passwords to anyone in my family or friends, so why would I give them my password if I can't trust anyone else.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar/California
Jon-CesarP.4
Wong/Lorbeer
I wholeheartedly believe that employers do not have the right to ask for your Facebook password when you sit down for a job interview. I see it as the equivalent of asking for the key to your house. Now, I can see why it may be acceptable for people applying for government agencies to hand over their Facebook password, but for any other reason besides that, I see it as an invasion of personal space. I think searching Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts may be acceptable also. If an employer gained an applicant's password they could impersonate them by sending private messages, posting on their page, or even accept friend requests from people you may not even know. Finally I do think it all comes down to who is asking the applicant for their password. Like I mentioned before, when applying for a government job, a job involving any government official, or a job with public authorities such as the police it is fine for passwords to any social media account to be asked for. Otherwise, in my opinion, it is not right.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar
Franklin P1
Wong/Lorbeer
I feel that employers should not ask for their social media passwords and doing so is an invasion of the employee's privacy. In this day and age social media is a big thing and it is understandable that some companies would like to know what their employees do on their social media accounts. But asking them for their passwords so that they can access an employee's account goes too far. It is our right of privacy that the fourth amendment guarantees us and asking for social media passwords violates that very amendment. Since social media has become so big many people use it to express them selves, communicate with others like them, or post how they feel about certain topics. For many people it is where they can place personal info and show it only to friends or family. If the employers were to gain access to the employee's account they could see everything they might have said and everything they talked about to a friend or a family member. Asking for a employee's social media password also makes it possible for they to harm that person's reputation, for example if an employer dislikes and employee and they have access to their accounts they could use the account to say things that will harm the person's reputation.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
NaderP5
Wong/Lorbeer
There are two sides of discussion for this that I agree to. If I was an employer, I would want to know what my employees are doing something that could affect their jobs in some way so I could tell them to stop or to fire them, but in my opinion I still think that employees shouldn't give their employers their Facebook passwords because that would be an invasion of privacy. If they get passwords from employees then they could log into their private account which means that they could pretend to be you or they could have put inappropriate things online that you don't want on there. They could text some of your friends and send them inappropriate things and those friends of the employees would think that it's the employee and they would start to hate them or something. A solution for this would be to let the employer just follow the employee, but not go into their account. In conclusion I don't think employers should be able to demand Facebook passwords, because you never know what would happen.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
EthanP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that employers do NOT have the right to ask people who are applying for jobs for their social media passwords. If the employer gets a hold of someones social media password, who knows what the will do to their account. They may even post untrue things on their account making them look bad which may ruin their social media figure. Although it is a bit odd that employers would ask for social media passwords, I still firmly believe that it is not OK or constitutional to invade other peoples privacy by asking them for their personal information/password.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
JosephP5
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that company employers shouldn't to be able to see their employees' Facebook accounts/profiles. Honestly, who cares what you post on social media. Companies most likely want to screw up your account, or post what they want. If they want their employees' passwords, the employee should just rage quit off an go find another job that doesn't require their employers to know their Facebooks and other social media. There could be some conflicts that the person probably doesn't want going on in real life, or problems he/she has on their accounts. It just seems too, "iffy-pushy-demandingly" to be required just to get in the job you want to acquire. Company employers should stop demanding their employees' or future employees' Facebook passwords, maybe that's the reason they don't do better than they wish to or need to, because they worry that their employers might be messing their accounts up or changing their passwords. I don't know, might be the case.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
JolieP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that employers do not have the right to demand the password to an employees' social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Although they are only doing this to see what the employee’s behavior is like outside of work, it invades the employee’s privacy. By having the password, the employer can get into the account and view private photos, messages, etc. With access to the account the employers can also change things that can be detrimental to the employee.

12/10/2015
Hoover
Cole
Parker
I think that companies should be able to see a Facebook profile. I think this because if the job title that they are applying for in high in command the company should be aloud to know who they are giving their job too. Most characteristics can be found through Facebook based on how a person will act by themselves vs how they act around people, it shows the true person. Companies do not want someone who bullies behind a computer screen and can't face the person face to face. People like this are just cowards, and cowards do get anywhere in life.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar/California
AndrewP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that employers do not have the right to ask for an employees' Facebook password or the password of any other form of social media because it invades the privacy of the employee. This is unacceptable because the Fourth Amendment states "The right of the people to be secure in their persons ... against unreasonable searches ... shall not be violated...". This means that demanding Facebook passwords is against the U.S. Constitution. Instead of demanding Facebook passwords to learn about a future employee, employers should search social media accounts where adequate information is available. Another solution is to take the employee on a friendly outing and learn about each other to determine whether or not the employee is suitable for the job. To conclude, employers do not have the right to demand passwords of any type of social media due to privacy reasons.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
LongP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that employers should not be able to demand for Facebook passwords as social media has nothing involved with work. Unless you are working for a very big and corporate company they should be able to demand your Facebook password as they want the company to look good. To put this in mind, big corporate companies wants the best of the best to work for them and have a good image for the company. Though to some people handing your Facebook password to a company is a bit odd as they can read your private messages with other people or even things you have been visiting or looking on Facebook. In reality this is a decision a person can make whether or not if they want a job or not.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
Jordyn
Wong/Lorbeer
I firmly believe employers should not have employees Facebook passwords because that is an invasion of privacy. I would be fine if you follow them on Facebook then monitor their page but having a password to someones account is totally uncalled for.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
RubenL P4
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that employers should not be allowed to ask for Facebook passwords because it is the employees' private account. It would be an invasion of privacy because if they have your password, they would be able to log into your account, they could read any messages that you receive, post pictures without your permission, friend people that you don't want to friend, or even pretend to be you. Even though this shouldn't be allowed, I believe it should be allowed depending on the job that the employee wants, like a police officer or doctor. I also think that employers shouldn't have to monitor their employees outside of work because it's their personal life and it wouldn't matter what they do outside of work as long as they are good workers at their job. I believe that if employers want to view your profile, they could just go on Facebook and view it from their account, instead of being able to log into yours.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
ZaydaP5
Wong/Lorbeer
In my opinion, I think that depends on the type of job as to whether or not an employer could demand to know a potential employees Facebook password. For example, employers from a clothing store, restaurant, or market should not have the right to know their employees Facebook, or for that matter, any social media password because no real harm could be done toward their business. On the other hand, employers from the FBI, CIA, and DOJ should know their employees passwords. The reason for this is because they would not want any top secret information to be leaked onto social media.

12/9/2015
Hoover/Ala
Robert
Mr.Parker/ Spain Park High School
In my opinion employers should not be able to ask for private social media passwords because that is a violation to our right to privacy. If we give them our social media password whats to stop them from asking for other private and important information. Jobs should not be monitoring your behavior outside of work as long as your showing up on time and getting your work done you should not have to feel like your always being monitored by your employers, even when your not at work. http://www.annenbergclassroom.org/speakout/should-employers-be-able-to-demand-facebook-passwords-2

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
IsaiahP5
Wong/Lorbeer
In my opinion, I believe that yes, it is an invasion of privacy, but you have to take into consideration that employers want the best of the best to work for them and give a good image for the company they are working for. For example, there are individuals out there that will fabricate information in order to get the job. Therefore in situations like this have the rights to search deeper into the candidates background information in order to ensure that they are choosing the best candidate for the position. No there should not be a law regarding the privacy of passwords of possible future employees.

12/8/2015
Diamond Bar, California
MeganP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that employers shouldn't be able to ask an applicant for their Facebook passwords. I feel this way because, when they have your password, they're allowed to look through all of your private information such as messages and or look at your friend’s posts that they posted about their everyday lives. An employer could just look at the applicants profile and see if they're in good character and or a bright personality. So in my opinion, employers should not be able to take Facebook passwords, or any other passwords to social media accounts due to it may be uncomfortable for some people or it's invading way too much privacy.

12/8/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
AaronP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I personally think that if employers demand for Facebook passwords and other social media passwords it is a invasion of privacy. Now that social media is becoming apart of our everyday lives I see some truth in why employers want to have access to their employee's Facebook. They want to know their behavior outside of work, what they like and to see if their personality is right for the job. That does not though mean it is right. Having access to the employee's social media can will invade their privacy. The employers have access to not just their post but private information. Some social media's like Facebook have a messaging system. Employers will have access to these messages which people would not want them to see. It would be greatly invading their privacy. They are also able to do thing to your account you may not want them to like accept friend request, block friends, message unwanted people and much more. I would certainly would not want them to do this because of a privacy invasion.

12/8/2015
Pomona/California
Olyvia P5
Wong/Lorbeer
Demanding a password. Demanding a password to someone's facebook is like demanding someone for the keys to their house and say they will enter when they please. Even if the person who the facebook has nothing to hide in their messages or on their page, it is still an invasion of privacy. The thought of someone going through messages between my mother and I, is uncomfortable even though it's just my mother and I have nothing to hide. The thought of an employer asking for a password to anyone's social media is ridiculous and unnecessary. It is an invasion or privacy and lives.

12/8/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
JosephP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I do not think employers should be able to ask for the applicant's Facebook password because it would be an invasion of privacy. If employers were able to get your password then they could chat with your friends, give false information about you, or post pictures. Employers should only be able to get your Facebook name just to view you profile. I think that there should be a law saying that it is illegal for an employer to take someone's password, and if the employer had a suspicion on that person why would they be hired in the first place?

12/7/2015
Diamond Bar/California
FionaP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that if employers demand Facebook passwords, they are invading the privacy of potential employees, and that if these people actually believe that they have the right to know anything more than what someone who is volunteering to work for them wants to give about their private, personal lives, that the employer is completely in the wrong, and that anyone who thinks that such actions are in any way appropriate need to seriously reevaluate their morals. No employer has the right to ask for private information such as passwords for social media. In this day and age, social media is an integral part of most people's lives, and asking someone to just hand over their connection to those around them is wrong, in the purest form of the word. No-one should have to relinquish control of their life for any reason. So, in conclusion, no! I most certainly do not feel that it is acceptable for employers to expect their employees to leave their social lives in the hands of their employers, for any reason.

12/7/2015
Diamond Bar, California
Abigail P4
Wong/Lorbeer
It is unreasonable and a bit absurd for employers to want the passwords of an employee's social media account(s). It is their privacy that would be taken away. Nevertheless, I would agree if employers wanted to see their account. You could then see their interests, photos, and posts. It is a view into their private life. During background checks, employers should have a right to look through employees's accounts because they want certain types of people working for them. But their rights end there. Invading someone else's life without them willing to agree is crossing the line.

12/7/2015
Diamond Bar/California
FionaP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that if employers demand Facebook passwords, they are invading the privacy of potential employees, and that if these people actually believe that they have the right to know anything more than what someone who is volunteering to work for them wants to give about their private, personal lives, that the employer is completely in the wrong, and that anyone who thinks that such actions are in any way appropriate need to seriously reevaluate their morals. No employer has the right to ask for private information such as passwords for social media. In this day and age, social media is an integral part of most people's lives, and asking someone to just hand over their connection to those around them is wrong, in the purest form of the word. So, in conclusion, no! I most certainly do not feel that it is acceptable for employers to expect their employees to leave their social lives in the hands of their employers, just a click away from utter disaster, for any reason.

12/7/2015
Irving/Texas
Jonathan
Etheridge/Nimitz
Although not really specific anywhere in the U.S constitution, every person is allowed to have their personal privacy. While it may seem that there is no specific law in the constitution protecting our privacy, there is nothing stating we must hand over our privacy to our employers. If employers are asking for passwords to social media to check them, then I would like to request their password to see what they are doing. It is essentially the same thing considering they want to see what I do, I would love to see who I would be working for. Therefore, IF there would be a federal law on giving passwords to employers it should work vice versa. However, I do not believe we should hand over our passwords nor do I think a federal law is necessary. Social media is for the people to communicate unprofessionally if they choose to because they are not in the work environment. What I am saying does not support or tolerate derogatory remarks on social media, or "unflattering statements". Social media is made personal and should just remain personal.

12/7/2015
Pomona/California
Victoria Period 1
Wong/Lorbeer
Employers should in no way be allowed to ask people for their Facebook passwords at an interview. It is a violation of privacy and protection. With your password, they can delete photos, chat with people under your name, post things, block people, or befriend them. I would never give an asking employer my password. I may give them my account name but I believe that account passwords are off limits and should not be given out under any circumstances. Honestly, I would feel violated and stripped of my privacy if anyone ever got a password for one of my social media accounts.

12/6/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
EmilyG P4
Wong/Lorbeer
I do not think it is necessary for employers to ask for applicants' social media passwords. Employers have no business going on or having access to there account. I think it is appropriate to follow/be friends with each other. I believe they ask for this so they can look at your past status' and messages, so it's more of an in depth background check. I think a federal law should be enacted to prevent employers from requiring passwords to be turned in.

12/6/2015
Diamond Bar/ California
DylanP.5
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that the employers should not have the right to the employees passwords. The employers should be able to look at the social media page, but not have the employee's password. Then the employers will have control of their social media page. They can put pictures that is not really taken on that social media page. That is the employee's private information. I wouldn't want them putting pictures on my Instagram or my Facebook, but I would let them look at it.

12/4/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
Zoom P4
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that giving your Facebook password is invading your privacy. Employers can not do that because it violates one of the amendments in the bill of rights. In amendment 4 it says their cannot be any unreasonable searches and seizures, unless their is a warrant. If the employer really didn't trust the applicant and needed their Facebook password, then why hire him/her anyways?

12/4/2015
Watertown ma
Geeg
Mr.Rimas Watertown high school
I believe it is not necessary or legal to ask for a Facebook password because it is very private and personal. The employers can just look at their Facebook profiles without gathering their personal information. Also, if you have a suspicion or any misbelief about the employee why hire them anyway.

12/4/2015
Watertown MA
Emmanuel
Mr.Rimas
Employers should not be able to demand Facebook passwords. No one should be allowed to invade your privacy. An employer should not have any business to do with your personal life.

12/4/2015
Watertown ma
Geeg
Mr.Rimas Watertown high school
I believe it is not necessary or legal to ask for a Facebook password because it is very private and personal. The employers can just look at their Facebook profiles without gathering their personal information. Also, if you have a suspicion or any misbelief about the employee why hire them anyway.

12/4/2015
Watertown, Ma
Matthew
Watertown High School
I think that is a completely rediculas piece of information for employers to ask for. They are asking to hack into your account and snoop on what you are doing, they can even see things that you made private, that nobody else can see but you. That is your private account and only you should be able to act as yourself on your own account. Nobody to be able to even hop on your private account. That is completely impractical and outrageous. I strongly disagree with the whole idea.

12/4/2015
Watertown, ma
Christa
Watertown High School
No, I do not think that this is appropriate. I think that employers should be able to look at Facebook pages so that they know more about the person and ensure that they have a good image for the job. But having their password is unnecessary and an invasion of privacy.

12/4/2015
Watertown
Taylor
Rimas
Being interviewed in a job should not be allowed to take your password for Facebook. Your private life should not be mentioned at a job. It is a personal thing you use and it is not okay it's a personal thing. They should not need your Facebook personal life to see if you need a job. It's your personal business not an excuse for employeers to go through your personal stuff.

12/4/2015
Irving/Tx
Lija
Bradley/Nimitz
According to an article in the USA today, “In 2012, six states passed legislation preventing employers, schools or both from demanding access or passwords to social media accounts”. I believe that looking at someone’s social media can help to see what kind of person they are responsibility wise but that you can’t always judge people by how they spend their free time, they might actually have good work ethic.When we are considering someone for a job when we ask for their Facebook password then only the old people will have the chance of getting the job and the young people will not get the job because young people will have more tendency to post crazy things on Facebook. and it is bad to judge people from their outside life and there outside life will not affect there job and there life and job are different. and I agree that it is important for an employer to know who they are going to hire, but getting access to their social media is unnecessary and intruding. An individual’s personal life should be separate from their work life. and I believe that there should be a federal law saying that no one can interfere a person's personal life because it is their personal life.

12/4/2015
Watertown Massachusetts
Abbie
Mr rimas Watertown high school
I feel as though that is ridiculous work is work your private life should not interfere with work and the same for work not interfering with your private life.

12/4/2015
02472
Anna
Mr. Rimas
I don't think that they have the right to get our social media information. I think this because it is our personal information and has nothing to do with getting hired at a job. If the applicant did something wrong or is involved in something, then that may be a valid question to ask the person.

12/4/2015
Watertown am
Tyler p
Rimas Watertown high
You should be able to have protection against employers for passwords. That is your personal account and they have no right to be able to use it or have your password.

12/4/2015
Irving/Tx
Lija
Bradley/Nimitz
According to an article in the USA today, “In 2012, six states passed legislation preventing employers, schools or both from demanding access or passwords to social media accounts”. I believe that looking at someone’s social media can help to see what kind of person they are responsibility wise but that you can’t always judge people by how they spend their free time, they might actually have good work ethic.When we are considering someone for a job when we ask for their Facebook password then only the old people will have the chance of getting the job and the young people will not get the job because young people will have more tendency to post crazy things on Facebook. and it is bad to judge people from their outside life and there outside life will not affect there job and there life and job are different. and I agree that it is important for an employer to know who they are going to hire, but getting access to their social media is unnecessary and intruding. An individual’s personal life should be separate from their work life. and I believe that there should be a federal law saying that no one can interfere a person's personal life because it is their personal life.

12/4/2015
Irving/Texas
Erica
Bradley/Nimitz
Employers may be skeptical and cautious of the people they welcome into their businesses and should be able to make background checks to ensure they are hiring a professional who values their work and is respectful and dedicated to the company's cause. However, it's an extreme to request for the password of a potential employee's social media. This can cause the employer's a lawsuit, as there are many lawyers willing to defend their client's privacy. An employee is not a robot programmed to perform tasks for an employer. They have family, friends, a life. What they chose to do with that life is irrelevant to the company and the employee's performance, as it is something personal. Therefore, it is not only an invasion of their privacy, but a waste of time for their employer. If it continues to raise such controversy, perhaps federal laws should be enacted to keep our privacy safe. Whatever little we have of it left, that is.

12/4/2015
Watertown, ma
Katherine
Watertown High school
Definitely not. Sure, they can look up your Facebook information and see what you post or what pictures your tagged in but something like asking for your password is way too far. There is no reason anyone should have your Facebook password other than you, unless it has to do with a crime or something more serious

12/4/2015
Watertown/MA
Jake L
Rimas/Watertown high school
I think it's a huge invasion of privacy asking for your password, if they can already access to your Facebook and Twitter them why would need your password unless they were looking for real personal information. The employer may argue that if you have nothing to hide why are you withholding your passcode? Well that doesn't make it anymore justifiable, it's an invasion of personal space and privacy that not even your boss should have access too.

12/4/2015
Irving/Texas
Julia A
Bradley/Nimitz
Employer's don't have the right to ask for someone else's social media password. Because it is same as asking someone to make their privacy matters into private matter.A random employer does not have the right to read those messages and judge a possible future employee. Asking for an employee's password is an invasion of privacy, especially because you don’t need a password to access a person's feed. The Federal Law needs to protect us from being forced to provide passwords.So a law should be enacted to prevent employers from asking for social media passwords because they do not deserve to see someone’s private life to that extent.

12/3/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Nicole P4
Wong/Lorbeer
A definition of "bully" is to use force to make another person do what they want. That is what the companies and employers are doing. Using force to get what they want, which makes them bullies.. Employers are obviously going to examine applicant's social media profiles to examine how they act outside of the interview room, but asking for the passwords to their account is over the line. Parents, teachers, counselors, and the social media sites tell us not to share our passwords for it can lead to serious consequences such as hacks. Forcing them to friend the employer or the HR manager is as bad as asking for the password because they will have access to the private aspects of your account. The amount of privacy we have in America is amazing and giving Facebook passwords for an interview shouldn't change that.

12/3/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
JoshP5
Wong/Lorbeer
Employers should NOT be able to ask people for their Facebook passwords at an interview. In no way would I ever give up my password to someone I don't even know. I wouldn't mind giving my account name to them so they could see what I post, but giving them my password is a little overboard. Besides, you don't even know what the employer will even DO on your Facebook account! They can just go delete whatever they want, look at private messages, private pictures, and many more things. Why? All because this because they have the complete freedom to do whatever they want because they have your Facebook password. Even if they weren't going to do anything bad on my Facebook account, I wouldn't feel comfortable knowing that someone has looked through EVERYTHING on my account. I would feel very violated.

12/3/2015
Murrieta
Amber A
Jabro/creekside
No, are you joking? There is no way in any stance I should be held a dilemma of giving my personal information for a job for basically strangers. But I mean, if they just wanted the account for Facebook. like the name, the page. That's completely fine, because hey anything you post online can be seen by anyone or anything, so there's nothing wrong with that. But actually invading someone's privacy with their PRIVATE messages, and their PERSONAL posts. There is no way in hell I would ever be okay with someone having my password to anything personal like that. That is literally like asking "We need to make sure you don't spend your money irresponsibly we wouldn't want someone like that in our company, give us your bank information." Do you think anyone in the right mind would agree with that, in ANY sense? In summary, no they should never ask for passwords to ANYTHING that requires a password.

12/2/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
JaelinP1
Wong/Lorbeer
I could argue for both sides of this discussion. If I were an employer looking at potential employees, I would want to know if they per say, partied every night. However, if i was a job applicant, I would be against handing over the passwords to what is essentially my life's timeline to a stranger. I personally think it is a violation of privacy to ask for a potential employers' passwords. Most people seperate their personal and professional lives. For example, a college student may do crazy things when they're out with their friends, but unless they're doing illegals stuff, I don't think employers should be able to judge them on this.

12/2/2015
Birmingham, AL
Makenna Tidwell
Spain Park High School
Although it is common for an employer to want to examine a social media profile, for some companies, just examining a profile may not be enough. I think it is a violation of the right to privacy of the American Citizens to ask for their passwords; potential employers shall not be able to access their accounts. In 2012, 6 states passed bills that make it a crime if an employer asks for passwords of employees. In 2013, seven more states passed similar laws and 25 other states are now drafting or pending such laws to be passed in their states as well. The bills have eliminated employer social media intrusion. It is understandable and rightly justified for employers to look at social media posts and fire anyone who does not represent their company in a positive way. Employers can still surveillance what their employees put on social media during the times they are not at work, but no employer deserves the right to one’s passwords.

12/2/2015
Hoover, AL
Daryl
Parker, Spain Park
In my opinion, companies should not have the right to demand employees for their social media information. I get that the employers would like to keep a close eye on their employees but demanding for their passwords is a complete invasion of privacy. Why would they need the password anyway? To me, companies are slowly turning into tyrants, who want complete control of their employees social lives.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Priscilla D.
Mr. Hawkins/ Buckingham Charter
According to an article in the USA today, “In 2012, six states passed legislation preventing employers, schools or both from demanding access or passwords to social media accounts”. This shows us that this has really become an issue. In my opinion, I would disagree with these states. I do believe that employers have the right to access their employee’s Facebook account and other social media accounts. The reason why is because, when an employer interviews an employee, the employer really wants to know what type of person that potential employee is. Are they responsible? Do they have a good reputation outside of work or with their past coworkers? This is something that an employer would be able to see in someone’s posts. The employee is really the face of whatever company they work for. Therefore, the employer needs to know what customers will think of their employees. I acknowledge that there those who believe that this is interfering with an employee’s privacy, almost like entering their private property. It is understandable that someone would have this opinion. However, when we really stop to think about this, we remember that nothing we publish on the internet is private. Anyone can really access anyone’s posts and comments. Therefore, if someone is posting pictures and comments on the internet, they should recognize that anyone will have access regardless if they have their consent or not.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Madison R.
Mr. Hawkins\ Buckingham charter
It is a yes and no answer. I believe that looking at someone’s social media can help to see what kind of person they are responsibility wise but that you can’t always judge people by how they spend their free time, they might actually have good work ethic. College students will do considerably crazy things but that doesn’t give people the right to judge them by a few things, people like to be able to let loose. It’s an invasion when they take these considerably bad actions and hold it against them and don’t give the job instead of checking out what their personality is like. I believe things like honesty, past work comments, and work or school related things are understandable to look at and see but other than that activities should be allowed to be kept private. I feel this should stay a state issue because if you’re making it federal you’re taking it too far when there are bigger things to have people worried and focused about. I can understand an employer asking for passwords because people will often say something about their work or school and be hurtful or harmful. People will sometime say on their accounts that they took off for other reasons and talk poorly about work. I do not believe this is something people should be offended by when asked.

12/1/2015
Vacaville California
Olivia E.
Mr. Hawkins/Buckingham Charter
I believe that it is wrong to demand a username and password from a potential employee. I understand that some employers want to make sure that their company is in good hands and well represented, but they are invading the lives of their employees. If an employer is concerned about what their employee is doing there are other solutions. A person may present himself a different way outside of work, but an employer should be able to get as much information they need from reviewing their application, resume, and talking to previous employers. I agree that it is important for an employer to know who they are going to hire, but getting access to their social media is unnecessary and intruding. An individual’s personal life should be separate from their work life.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Shelbie P.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham
Employers do not have the right to demand the social media passwords of their employees or the people going through their interview processes because it is a complete invasion of their personal privacy. Freedom of privacy is protected under the Constitution, so the employees should not be forced into something that would share their private information. For Facebook, people have to either accept or deny people into seeing what they post or their profile, so when that ability to either choose to accept or deny is taken away from the employers, that is when they are getting their privacy ripped away from them. Facebook has personal family information on it, so not only are they invading the privacy of the person who they are taking the password from, but also their family and friends as well because that can all be seen on the person’s feed. The employers should not have the right to take away their employees privacy or their family and friends privacy as well. This causes people to feel as if they are constantly being monitored and checked up on so they always have to be professional, when Facebook is a place to express interests and how people feel within the legal limits. When employees get this right of privacy taken away from them, even though it may not seem like a big deal, it can lead to even more invasions of privacy later on. This is because when the employers are able to get away with this small act of invasion of privacy, which can open a door to an even worse invasion of privacy. This needs to be stopped, so there should be federal laws that end the action of employers demanding social media passwords in order to get a job.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Zachary B.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
Employers certainly do not have the right to access an employee’s social media account. There is a fine line between the life one lives with business, and the life one lives with others. Weather anyone wants to deny it or not, humans by their very nature are incredibly social and value the respect of others greatly. Giving an employer access to social media profiles can intrude on one’s life that is separate from their work life. It’s similar to giving them the keys to your home, or your credit card information. To put it simply, nobody wants to live a life where another individual can control both major aspects of an individual’s success. There is no doubt that some employers will abuse this power if given to them, it’s similar to the actions of Joseph Stalin when he rose to power. No employer should have the right to take away the one thing that an individual has complete jurisdiction over.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Leila P.
Mr Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
Imagine meeting someone at the grocery store and they asked if they could have the key to your house so they can understand your character. This scenario is exactly what employers are asking applicants to do. They want to know the in’s and out’s of our personal lives so they can judge us and decide if we are fit and proper people for their company. This is not okay! It is a huge invasion of a person’s privacy. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are all places people go to share about their lives and it is up to them to choose who to share it with. As ridiculous as giving a stranger your social media information sounds, some employers should have a right to it. For example, agencies such as the FBI, Homeland Security, the CIA, etc. should be able to access this information in the event that an applicant or employee was to leak confidential information that can put the entire country at risk. However, for companies such as Old Navy and Walmart the need for social media information is excessive and not necessary. This is America, the land of the free. A place where we have freedom of expression and speech, and allowing someone to judge you by things you’ve said on social media is cheapening our freedom. More importantly it can be said that the things on social media are not an accurate representation of your character. Our government needs to pass a law to protect us against this persecution.

12/1/2015
Vacaville / CA
Abigail G.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
I believe that it dependent upon the job, person, and situation, to weather an employer can have access to your social media. If you were in high school and applying for a job at a local retail clothing store, restaurant, or fast food place, I do not believe that employer’s should have access to your social media accounts. If you were to work for the FBI or CIA, I do believe it would be necessary to have your employer look at your social media accounts. This would be necessary because your employer should know if you are a good person outside of your work life. This would be dependent upon the job to be part of the vetting process. If you are looking into working for the FBI or CIA, then yes, this would be part of the vetting process. If you were going to work for a small company, then I would say that this would be an invasion of employees’ personal privacy.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Bryce D.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
Employers should not have the right to ask for your social media passwords. Outside of the work place your private life should be exactly that; private. Asking for a potential employee's password is an invasion of privacy, especially because you don’t need a password to access a person's feed. Access to your passwords would give them a chance to get some private information that they otherwise wouldn’t have. On the other hand, there are job positions and companies that hold secrets that shouldn’t leak out. If a potential employee is applying for a job in an intelligence agency then it should be allowed that employers ask for social media account information. This would allow them to monitor accounts and prevent employees from leaking dangerous information. A law should be passed to prevent employers from accessing your passwords because asking for a person’s password is an invasion of privacy and it goes against a person's rights

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Kirstin L
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
Employers should only have access to social media log-ins depending on the job position. It is an invasion of privacy in some cases, but in others the job may need to require to monitor the actions taken on the internet. An example could be for military or special forces, to make sure no confidential information is being passed around. A law should be passed against schools and certain jobs that do not count as a “career” (examples: McDonald’s or a retail department) or give the employee a high amount of power; for it is important for these employers and administration to understand that not all people act and speak in a professional atmosphere as they might online. Overall, some restrictions are needed but it should be understandable as to why other professions request social media log-ins.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Bryce D.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
Employers should not have the right to ask for your social media passwords. Outside of the work place your private life should be exactly that; private. Asking for a potential employee's password is an invasion of privacy, especially because you don’t need a password to access a person's feed. Access to your passwords would give them a chance to get some private information that they otherwise wouldn’t have. On the other hand, there are job positions and companies that hold secrets that shouldn’t leak out. If a potential employee is applying for a job in an intelligence agency then it should be allowed that employers ask for social media account information. This would allow them to monitor accounts and prevent employees from leaking dangerous information. A law should be passed to prevent employers from accessing your passwords because asking for a person’s password is an invasion of privacy and it goes against a person's rights

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Bryce D.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
Employers should not have the right to ask for your social media passwords. Outside of the work place your private life should be exactly that; private. Asking for a potential employee's password is an invasion of privacy, especially because you don’t need a password to access a person's feed. Access to your passwords would give them a chance to get some private information that they otherwise wouldn’t have. On the other hand, there are job positions and companies that hold secrets that shouldn’t leak out. If a potential employee is applying for a job in an intelligence agency then it should be allowed that employers ask for social media account information. This would allow them to monitor accounts and prevent employees from leaking dangerous information. A law should be passed to prevent employers from accessing your passwords because asking for a person’s password is an invasion of privacy and it goes against a person's rights

12/1/2015
Vacaville, CA
Lauren S.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
Employers having the right to ask for social media passwords should not be allowed. It is an invasion of privacy of the potential employee. Every aspect of an employee’s life does not have to be known by that specific company or school. Accessing someone’s Facebook account is like the potential employee giving their own keys to their house. Any social media account may have private information, such as credit card information or any other information that may seem valuable to that person. The only exception would be in the case of an emergency, or if one seeks a job for the CIA, or any other government job. This would be acceptable because they might hold in their hands a government position, to where it would be legal for a government agency to make sure the employee keeps their motives pure, and does not perform any illegal action.

12/1/2015
Vacaville, CA
Madeline M.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
I do not think that employers should have the right to ask for social media passwords. This is an invasion of the employee’s privacy. I believe it is okay for them to look on the person’s account or friend them, but not log in with their password. When people post things, they accept (or should accept) the responsibility of that post and know that anyone, teachers, friends, employers can see those posts. Taking their password and logging into their account is another story. I would think it would be just as effective to look at a person’s account at a distance. If employers log into an account they can see messages and personal information. The fact that someone doesn’t want employers to see their messages does not mean that they’re hiding anything, it means that they want to protect their friends privacy. They could have exchanged very private and sensitive information and it is a huge privacy violation to look at that. It is also wrong to take a future employees password because that password might also be used for other accounts, which could be even more dangerous. It is okay to look at things that a person has posted because they have made that information public, but it is not okay to take someone’s password and essentially “hack into” their account. That puts the person at risk of being exploited by the employer. The employer could abuse that personal information and/or share the password with someone else. The Federal Law needs to protect us from being forced to provide passwords. Even giving the “option” is unfair because if a person opts out it could make them look as if they have something to hide.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Jordan M.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
I believe that an employer requesting potential employees to give their social media usernames and passwords is an outrage. Yes, there are some cases where an employer should be able to get jurisdiction in a case of possible danger or threat. Though, in your usual job setting it is completely inappropriate. A person’s social media account is their own property and handing that over to another is like handing over the keys to your home, or retelling all your personal conversations. It is an extreme invasion of privacy. If an employee has a public social media account, then an employee should be welcome to view his or her page just like anyone else. However, if an employee has a private account, then that is that. It is private. Even in an “optional” request for social media access there is a certain pressure on the potential employee to give it out. They may feel like if they don’t then it comes across like they have something to hide. With that, there are people who are willing to give out their information, thus, making it an unfair disadvantage to the people who were unwilling. There should be a federal law enforced to keep requests for social media access prohibited.

12/1/2015
Vacaville/ California
Symon'e G
Mr.Hawkins /Buckingham charter
No I don’t believe that employers have the right to get your social media password. Because it’s personally even though the government does it anyways. I do believe that this is part of the Vetting process, some people may find it personal but I don’t. And here’s why; I don’t put myself in bad situations that will not get myself hired in the future. My mom and dad taught me to Think before I post, not the other way around. I personal know what’s right and what’s wrong. And If I happen to make a mistake I’ll delete the post. However, I believed that a federal Law should prevent employers from requesting a password. I also believed it’s unfair and injustice to do this. Instead they should ask for your Facebook name and look on it, not go on it. And if it’s private, Unriveted.

12/1/2015
Vacaville/CA
Brittany G.
Mr. Hawkins/Buckingham Charter
I do not think employers should have the right to demand social media passwords because it invades employees’ privacy under every circumstance. If an employee’s account is on private, it is most likely like that for a reason, and I don’t think employers should try to deny that privacy from them. In addition to that, even if an employee were to do something online that is against the potential businesses policy, it does not affect the work ethic or work abilities of the employee. If someone enjoys drinking alcohol on the weekends and isn’t afraid to post a picture online, it shouldn’t eliminate their possibility of working at a particular job. I think employers should just stick to drug tests and background checks to find future employees.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Jacob Z.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
Employers do not have the right to ask for social media passwords, messages between people on social media are private messages for a reason. A random employer does not have the right to read those messages and judge a possible future employee. People should be able to have a personal life that isn’t always being watched and picked through, this calls for many people having an act and not being themselves on social media. A law should be enacted to prevent employers from asking for social media passwords because they do not deserve to see someone’s private life to that extent.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Andrew D.
Buckingham Charter/ Mr. Hawkins
Employers should not have the right to request or require potential employee’s private social media passwords. While it is reasonable for a potential employer to browse your social media page, they do not need to have complete access and control of your account. What if they decide not to hire you, they still have your passwords and can post things to your account, read private messages, and gain access to other private information, and you aren’t even a potential employee anymore. I believe that a federal law should be enacted making it illegal for an employer to require or ask for your social media passwords.

12/1/2015
Vacaville / CA
Grace F
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
I believe that it is in no way right or just for employers or colleges to ask for the passwords to social media accounts from their applicants. This would be comparable to asking for a house key or reading a person’s private letters. This is a violation of the first amendment right to private property and privacy. This should therefore be banned by Federal Law as it is a violation of the US Constitution. However, I feel that employers should be able to take the public information of their applicants or employees into account. What someone says publicly can and should be used in the decision process, just as gossiping was probably used in the days before the internet. However, I feel that people applying for jobs in the public sector or in the CIA, FBI, and DOJ should be prepared for such rigorous searching as these people must be completely “clean” and would have to go through intense background checks anyways.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Terrin S.
Mr. Hawkins/ Buckingham Charter
I believe it should be illegal to ask for my password. It is my own personal life and if I don’t want it to be shared then it shouldn’t be share. The only way I would allow this is if there was an investigation going on of some sorts. We all do things we regret but if somebody is applying for a job and has the highest degree, best candidate for the job, but doesn’t get hired because of something five years ago then that’s not right. Most of the time people who did wrong things were in the past. People mature over time and could be a totally different then what they were two years ago. Also it puts people’s friends or families at risk if they are seen doing something wrong. They could possible lose their jobs. A federal law should be made so that it protects people’s privacy. Unless somebody is trying to join the FBI, become a police officer, DA, etc… Then it shouldn’t be allowed.

12/1/2015
Vacaville/CA
Alyssa L
Mr. Hawkins/Buckingham Charter
Employers certainly do not have the right to ask for social media passwords. Social media is hardly any different than a person’s home, it is a place where many personal things are kept and any violation of this is a violation of personal privacy. In my opinion, the only time it is appropriate for an employer to search a person’s social media is when their account is public, and accessible. Employees should not need to friend an employer or worse, give passwords for their social media if they are uncomfortable with it. Employers did not have this access for hundreds of years, and they can certainly do without it now. Federal law should be enacted to prevent employers from required password turn in. The government was originally created to protect citizens, and that includes protection from invasion of privacy. The Constitution protects citizens against search and seizure without a warrant, and in my opinion this extends to a person’s virtual life. Federal law should protect citizens from any employee asking for social media account passwords, or to require access to a person’s social media in any way. There are plenty of other methods to use in order to find out if someone is suitable for a job. The CIA and FBI hired employees for years before social media existed, and I have every confidence in their ability to continue to do so.

12/1/2015
Vacaville CA
Jacob Z.
Mr. Hawkins / Buckingham Charter
Employers do not have the right to ask for social media passwords, messages between people on social media are private messages for a reason. A random employer does not have the right to read those messages and judge a possible future employee. People should be able to have a personal life that isn’t always being watched and picked through, this calls for many people having an act and not being themselves on social media. A law should be enacted to prevent employers from asking for social media passwords because they do not deserve to see someone’s private life to that extent.

12/1/2015
Irving, TX
Alicia
Bradley/Nimitz
Employers should not have the right to ask for passwords to their employees social media accounts. While some may say that the only people who would want to withhold their passwords have something to hide, I disagree. The person may not be hiding anything in the slightest but simply protecting the privacy of not only themselves but of the people they message. If an employer wants to see what an applicant is like outside of the workplace, they could simply look at the accounts from the outside. To ask for an inside look at someone's social media accounts is completely inappropriate as a potential employer has no need to know about the personal lives, family problems and drama that inhabit the person's daily life. After all, work and home are completely different places and should thus remain separate.

12/1/2015
Irving/TX
Luis M
Bradley/Nimitz
Most employers today ask for future employees social media passwords and in my opinion that is against their privacy. If an employer wants to get to know the qualifications of its employee, then he or she should look at the resume they submitted and not their Facebook or Twitter accounts. In reality this is an invasion of privacy because employers don't have the right to look at their future employees social media accounts; who cares what they post or there past. If you are going to hire someone it should be about their qualifications and not how they act on social media. I think they should create a federal law for employers not to request password of future employees or any current employee, it against the right of the people.

11/30/2015
Murrieta/CA
Antoinette
Jabro/ Creekside HIgh School
I think employers shouldn't have a right to ask for your social media passwords. Just because your career shouldn't have anything to do with your personal life. Also that's invading privacy and if they do ask then the workers might feel like they cant post what they want because they are being watched by their work witch possibly put their job at risk.

11/30/2015
ca murrieta
isaac
jabro creekside
employers by no means should be able to demand you personal information. no one should be able to view who you talk to, who you spend your time with. your personal life shouldnt be forced to be viewed by the people you work with.

11/28/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
ZaydaP5
Wong/Lorbeer
In my opinion, I think that it depends on the job as to whether or not an employer should demand a Facebook password. For example employers from clothing stores, restaurants, and markets shouldn't have the right to know the employees Facebook password, because no real harm could be done. On the other hand, employers from the FBI, CIA, and DOJ should know their employees password, because they wouldn't want the employee to tell everyone their secret plans.

11/28/2015
Ontario/California
RaquelP1
Wong/Lorbeer
Employers should not be able to demand passwords to a potential employee's social media accounts. Employers may search profiles and accounts to view a potential employee's behavior outside the interview process, but asking for passwords is just outrageously intrusive. One would think that private information should stay private, so one should not be expected to give out their private information, nor should one ask for it during a job interview. Many people spend an abundance of time on or express themselves through social media, so they shouldn’t have to worry about being closely monitored by a potential employer. To thoroughly examine and look through an applicant’s profile or account is an outright invasion of that person’s privacy, as the employer’s only real concern is how the applicant will represent the company by how they display themselves. This information can easily be obtained by simply viewing their profile, rather than monitoring each post that the person makes. Federal laws preventing employers from demanding passwords to social media accounts should be enacted to prevent further people from being forced to give up personal and private information.

11/28/2015
Irving/Texas
Jose
Bradley/Nimitz
No employers don't have the right to ask potential employees for their social media passwords because not only does this invade their private property but also could lead for important information be compromised. The only reason why a company could ask of one’s password would be if they own a server or they make accounts specifically for their new employee. A law should be enacted to prevent employers to ask employee for their social media password because it's a great risk. Some social media accounts might contain valuable information like credit cards. Going as far as asking for passwords for a job interview is crossing the line of private property so it should be illegal to do.

11/27/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
SamuelP4
Wong/Lorbeer
While it is important for an employer to have an idea of the character of their employees, I do not think that employers should have the right to ask for social media passwords. It makes employees feel like they do not have freedom of speech and cannot express their opinions. They would be in constant fear of losing their jobs because of something they posted. It would put employees in more danger of their information being put into the wrong hands, especially if the employer has bad intentions. It can also lead to employers taking advantage of the access to employees' passwords by posting without the consent of the account owner. Employer access to social media takes away employee privacy and security.

11/26/2015
Irving/Texas
Jose
Bradley/Nimitz
No employers don't have the right to ask potential employees for their social media passwords because not only does this invade their private property but also could lead for important information be compromised. The only reason why a company could ask of one’s password would be if they own a server or they make accounts specifically for their new employee. A law should be enacted to prevent employers to ask employee for their social media password because it's a great risk. Some social media accounts might contain valuable information like credit cards. Going as far as asking for passwords for a job interview is crossing the line of private property so it should be illegal to do.

11/24/2015
Diamond Bar,CA
JustinP.1
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that employers shouldn't be able to demand passwords. It would make the person feel like they are constantly being monitored, because most people spend most of their time on social media. It forces people to become wary of what they post. Sometimes people post things as jokes to their friends, but the employers might thing differently and may call authorities.

11/20/2015
Irving/TX
Eric
Bradley/Nimitz
Certain employers should have the right to ask for social media accounts because of situations that could harm the employer if there wasn't close monitoring of the person. The CIA wouldn't want an agent of theirs sending out plans to top secret missions for the whole world to see through direct messages on Twitter. But employers like McDonald's or Burger King shouldn't have to worry too much about the private messages their employees send because it shouldn't harm the company as much. The only harm they could really do is publicly denounce the company which would just lead to the employee getting fired. Some companies that aren't that essential to the nation's security shouldn't be snooping through the lives of their many employees because it does invade privacy. A law should be enforced because employers shouldn't be that invasive to demand passwords unless it is truly necessary.

11/17/2015
Murrieta, Ca
Micah W
Jabro/Creekside High School
Employers by no means have the right to ask for social media passwords nor should it be a requirement to provide a password to an employer to be hired. It's just an obscene invasion of privacy to do such a thing, although I agree that in certain situations when employed at certain companies social media monitoring is required but to ask for an applicant's password is just ridiculous.

11/16/2015
Murrieta, CA
Corey
Jabro/Creekside High School
Employers should have no right asking for personal information such as social media passwords. It intrudes on a potential employees privacy, and asks them to divulge private information. Similar to asking a person for the key to their house "just to make sure they live up to their standards."

11/16/2015
Irving TX
Denia Rodriguez
Etheridge Nimitz
Although it may serve employers to thoroughly investigate a potential employ, they should never go as far as invading the privacy of anyones personal lives. There are other ways to judge their potential work ethic, loyalty, and honesty.

11/16/2015
Irving/TX
Miryam
Etheridge/Nimitz
Employers do not have the right to ask employees for their social media passwords. I think it’s alright if employers view public social media but to ask for something private like a passwords, that invades personal life. Since a couple of states have made it a crime for employers to ask for passwords, I don’t see why it should not be enacted as a federal law. With the growing importance of technology in our everyday lives, I think more people agree with the passing of this law.

11/16/2015
Irving/tx
Kayla
Etheridge/nimitz
I think it would depend on the job but for the most part no. It's an invasion of privacy. You can easily just view their profile to see what they're like and how they would represent a company but to actually go through personal messages is just too much. I guess if they were to work for the president or be in the c.i.a or soemthing then maybe I'd understand just because those are high security jobs with huge responsibilities and you don't know everyones intentions. If you think you'd even have to go that far then maybe you just shouldn't hire them in the first place.

11/16/2015
Irving/TX
Alec
Etheridge/Nimitz
Employers have no reason to possess their employees passwords for any social media account. It is a violation of privacy, and if the employee wants to see who you are through social media, then they can view it without a password. Even if the employee had the right to get the passwords, he would have little employment because the majority would not agree and take their business elsewhere.

11/16/2015
Irving/TX
Kendyl
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe that employers do not have a right to invade peoples' personal lives, and ask them for their social media passwords. It's called a password for a reason, you shouldn't be giving your passwords out to anybody because you don't know if you can trust them or not, and that can also leave room for those people that can hack into private life, and steal your information. I honestly believe that a federal should be enacted on this act because everyone is entitled to have their privacy.

11/16/2015
Irving/TX
Noe Araiza
Etheridge/Nimitz
I feel as Huang feels about the situation and that is: forcefully giving companies or firms your password to your social media account is a complete invasion of privacy. I do not think it is right for employers to demand passwords to social media because an employee has to have some sort of a personal, private life outside of work.

11/16/2015
Irving /TX
Xiomara
Etheridge/ Nimits High School
I believe that employers have no right to have employees password, work is one thing and your personal life is another. The interview process and resumes are were you get to see what kind a person you will hire . An employee is still allowed to have a personal life or be active on social media the way he/ she wants . Demanding Facebook password or any social media password is unnecessary.

11/16/2015
Murrieta/CA
Joshua
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside high school
I strongly believe, that employers do not have the right to ask for social media passwords. I feel as it is equivalent to asking for your house key. This invades employers privacy and the point in passwords is to keep people from hacking into your privacy. So at this point what is the point in passwords. I think a federal law should be enacted to prevent employers from requiring a password to be tuned in, we as people have are rights to personal privacy.

11/16/2015
Murrieta,CA
Davin
Jabro/Creekside High School
I believe employers have no right to a employees private/personal life. The employee should be judged by work history and work ethic. A resume and a interview is more than enough to determine if a person is fit to work.That being said, i guarantee that if employers demanded social media passwords, than there would be more people unemployed

11/13/2015
Irving/TX
Anthony
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe that Employers should have the right to demand Facebook passwords because, imagine yourself as a boss and ask yourself if you would want an employee to be a bad example in the outside world representing bad to your company. I believe it should stay the way it is because Employers only look for the best.

11/13/2015
Irving/Tx
Hernan
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe that Employers should be able to know who they are hiring, but that doesn't mean that they should ask and receive their worker’s social media passwords. The employee should have the opportunity to show their employer in person, building a better trust between worker and employer. Handing over their passwords could also possibly cause them security problems at different levels, which would be easier if avoided. That is why there should be a law that keeps employers from invading privacy at that level.

11/13/2015
Irving/TX
Katherine
Etheridge/Nimitz
In the early 1900's, no potential employee was forced to hand over all correspondence and journal entries to their prospective employer. Demanding a Facebook password is invasive and unnecessary. People use Facebook to talk to their friends, plan funerals, and keep up to date on their favorite organizations. While it is understandable that employers look at their employees' social media accounts (just as bosses could see union newsletters before the internet), asking for the ability to log into, and potentially use, social network accounts, is a ridiculous breach of privacy. Work and personal life are two different sides of a person- they should not be forced to mix.

11/13/2015
Murrieta, Ca
Jakob
Mr. Jabro - Creekside High School
No, the should not be able to demand your Facebook password because the could judge you on your views and what you posted or even your pictures and sometimes on even if your friends with someone the employer doesn't like the could turn you away.

11/13/2015
Irving/TX
Scarlett
Etheridge/Nimitz
Employers do not have the right to ask for passwords to social media. The way that a person displays themselves and represents their workplace can be seen from simply viewing the applicants page. To ask for access to sift through an applicants personal profile is an invasion of privacy. The only things on a profile that should concern the employer is how the employee will represent the company, and that can be determined through simply viewing the page.

11/13/2015
Murrieta
Xiara
Jabro/ Creekside
I don't think that employers should have the right to demand possible employee's Facebook passwords. I believe that if you're worried about the personal life of a possible option, they should not be a possible option. I think that employers have multiple different other ways to check the integrity and character of the people who may be of hire. I believe it is in fact a huge invasion of privacy, because I don't think someone's private Facebook messages should be the determining factor to if someone got the job.

11/13/2015
ca
cynthia
creekside high school
i dont think that we should have to give up our privacy. giving them our information to check my facebook seems very wrong .i think most people would agree that we should not have to give our information up.if this happens i feel there will be less people working

11/12/2015
Murrieta, CA
Xiara S
Jabro/Creekside
I don't believe that employers should obtain possible employee's Facebook passwords. I believe that there are different ways to perform security checks, and those ways don't include invading someone's privacy , on a personal social media account. I don't believe it's appropriate to invade that privacy, especially as an employer. I don't think it should be a federal requirement to be required to give passwords, that's what back-round checks are for. Making it an obligation to obtain someone's personal passwords is an invasion of that individuals privacy.

11/10/2015
murrieta ca
austen h
jabro
I don't think employers have a right to access your social media. Giving out passwords could cause a security risk for the person involved. I think it would be better if they just search about the person online and look at their social media.

11/10/2015
Murrieta/California
Khedar Chuck Jones
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside High School
i think that employers do not have the right to ask for your social media passwords because that is invading your privacy. yes a federal law should be in enacted.

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