Should an employer be allowed to ask prospective employees for their Facebook login?

Mandi Gosling

During a recertification interview with the Maryland Division of Corrections 2010, Corrections Officer Robert Collins was asked for his Facebook login information.  The interviewer then logged into his profile, read through his postings and read those of his family and friends.

Collins feels his rights were violated and has joined with the American Civil Liberties Union to change the Maryland Division of Corrections policy that allows them to demand social media account information for use in employee background checks.  The ACLU has yet to receive a response.

In a letter to the Maryland Division of Corrections, the ACLU states, “requiring full disclosure of an employee’s Facebook page is no different from your boss looking through your diary, personal emails or home videos.”

Would you hand over your Facebook login and password to get or keep a job?