There’s a new trend in town, and it won’t go down well with you if you’re an ardent Facebook fan. Employers have begun asking for applicants’ Facebook login details. This is being done in an effort to find out more about an applicant’s background and social activities. After all, no one would like to hire a terrorist or serial killer without knowing it. Businesses and bad publicity do not mix well.
However noble their intentions might be, employers simply cannot be allowed to access the personal life of their potential (and actual) employees as they please. Each and every human being has a right to privacy, and this right is enshrined in the constitution. To add insult to injury, Facebook expressly instructs users to keep their account information secret, and with good reason.
Sharing account login information with your boss or potential boss is not a good idea. You will end up sharing very personal details about your life. You might also offend your personal friends as they may have written messages and posts that were meant for your eyes only. Allowing someone else to access your account may lead to breaches of security that may lead to loss of human life or other dangerous scenarios that will definitely be blamed on your pretty little head.
The way forward
Course of action? Politely decline the request for your account login information. There are limits and boundaries that should not be crossed in a work environment. If the employer cannot give you a job without accessing your private life, then that job won’t do you any good. You will be better placed finding another job.
Share your account information at your own peril!