Facebook Users Not Likely To Give Passwords To Employers

There's a lot of things we'd do if presented with a golden opportunity - but it appears the one thing many people would refuse to do is give prospective employers their Facebook password.

A Business Pulse survey set out to investigate reports into the worrying practice of requesting passwords for social networking sites, as more and more US employers undertake this behaviour as a means of researching a prospective job candidate or to keep tabs on student athletes.

However, readers taking part in the online study by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal were strongly against this approach (78 per cent) - citing a violation of the law and their rights as the reason behind their vote.

Approximately 13 per cent stated that they would refuse to hand over their passwords despite thinking it as a possible legal request, five per cent said they would give their password details but be unhappy to do so, with just four percent relinquishing their password without fuss.

One reader asked: "What's next recording your conversations with friends and lovers - just to make sure you don't do or say anything in your life that the college/employer might not agree with?"

Whilst another said: "I think it's a great idea. It would really give the future employer a glimpse at who he is really hiring!"

To give up your privacy is one thing, but to compromise your personal life with your professional being is a completely different story.

Source: BizJournals