Employers Gaining Access to Personal Social Media Accounts

Sharing is caring!

What if in order to apply for a job required to hand over their Facebook username and password to their boss? Would you do it? Is it legal? I for one would probably just delete my Facebook instead of giving out my personal information (as much as it would pain).

I don’t have a problem with giving my employer information. I do however have a problem with the possibility of them having access to my personal accounts that have nothing to do with work. As for if it’s legal, well it very well might be.

Login ScreenAn amendment for Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) that would have prevented employers from being able to require personal social media passwords to retain their job was shot down. Anyone else feel like this is an invasion of privacy? I understand wanting to monitor employees, however I don’t think this entitles employers to have free rein over personal social media usernames and passwords.

Perlmutter, the one who proposed this amendment, said this before the amendment was shut down. They stated, “It helps the individual protect his right to privacy and it doesn’t allow the employer to impersonate that particular employee when other people are interacting with that person across social media platforms.”

Thinking of it this way, that amendment could prevent the misuse of information by employers. If they can get away with requiring access to your social media accounts, what’s next? Access to your bank account? Where does it stop?

These are my personal opinions, not the opinions of the company. I wouldn’t want to hand out my account information, what about you? What would you do if your employer required access to your accounts?  I’d be happy to hear further opinions on the subject.

For more thoughts on social media privacy breaches read Facebook Graph Search Breach Of Privacy?

Photo Credit: Mountain/Ash via photopin cc

Jamie Bates
Online Marketing Director