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March 21, 2022

Some bosses now asking for workers' Facebook passwords: report

In the breakneck world of consumer tech, common sense is often a few years behind.

For instance, Facebook began in 2004, but only around 2006, 2007, you’d say, did it become widely-known that it wasn’t a good idea to friend your boss or upload photos of you wielding a samurai sword.

Yet it’s 2012 now, and a disturbing trend has begun on the social network we really don’t know what to do with just yet.

We very well may in a few years, but for now many consumers are bewildered when the unthinkable happens: their bosses asking for their Facebook login and password.

Apparently, such a ruthless tactic is underway in workplaces today, a time when many employees don’t have the leverage to raise much of a fuss.

*Bing: What should you never upload to Facebook?

According to the Star, some employers (or would-be employers) are now making it commonplace to insist upon the login info for their workers’ (or would-be workers') Facebook profiles, a nasty practice that’s toeing the line between what’s ethical and what’s not.

In most parts of Canada and the U.S., there are no laws prohibiting employers from demanding social networking information, and while there are similarly no laws stating employees need to actually give their passwords, in this work climate there’s not much many can do.

“If you need to put food on the table for your three kids, you can’t afford to stand up for your belief,” said one New Yorker who was asked for his Facebook info.

Indeed, many prospective employers aren’t in a place today where they have the luxury of waging such philosophical wars against their bosses. Instead, they just swallow hard and hand over their info so they keep their jobs.

Though, would you?

Would you ever give an employer your Facebook login information to get/keep a job? What would you say to your boss if they asked you for your social network password?

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...