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Password for Hire
By: Jessica Cherok
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Congratulations! You’ve landed that job of your dreams, and everything is perfect. Except that your new company has asked for the passwords to the social media sites that you use. Now what?

Should you just start including your social media passwords on your resume? It certainly seems like there is an increasing trend from employers to request passwords from their employees.

Which begs the question — why in the world do they need the password?

If it was so the employer could see if you were making disparaging comments about them on your Facebook page, then why not make it a rule you have to be friends with someone from the HR department?

The practice seems to be entirely antiquated, similar to when employers required device log-in information from their employees. But technology changed, and administrator profiles came along, making the collection of a master password list no longer necessary.

The same is now also true for social media sites like Facebook; page administrators are set up with different permissions based off of their roles. An employer doesn’t need to have your personal log-in in order to disable your access to the company page in case you go postal.

Unfortunately for now, there’s nothing stopping companies from asking for your passwords, which leaves you in a tricky spot — whether to protect your personal privacy or be gainfully employed.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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