Hand it over. That is, if you want the job.
There’s been some word on the street that employers have been asking for Facebook passwords in exchange new jobs.
Rob MacLeod experienced this, an Oakville resident who was interviewing for a police job in Ontario. He was pressured into giving over his Facebook password in an interview for the position, according to the Toronto Star.
At first, he denied the request, and suggested that he log into his Facebook account and leave the room. The potential employer denied his request, and he eventually gave in, handing over his password.
So why the heck would an employer need someone’s Facebook password? Is this the new background check? As Canadians, aren’t we entitled to a little privacy?
Fortunately, yes. This is currently a grey area, but if a potential employer were to request a Facebook password, they could be in violation of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code.
This would mean that employers would be in violation of not only provincial privacy laws, but also several federal laws.
But, this begs the question — if you were on the doorstep of the job or your dreams, would you hand it over? We’re talking about the job that sets you off for life, the fulltime salary job that could help you start a family, or even pay for your children’s education.
We want your insight, your thoughts and opinions. Chill readers, would you give potential employers free access to your online accounts?