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Statistician Justin Basset of New York requested to provide Facebook password when applying for a job | ABC News

When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.

Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.

Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn't want to work for a company that would seek such personal information. But as the job market steadily improves, other job candidates are confronting the same question from prospective employers, and some of them cannot afford to say no.

In their efforts to vet applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around.

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Comment by Vincent Granville on March 25, 2012 at 9:23pm

How funny, I was checking this article on the New York Times and wanted to add a comment, and then a window from a NYT app popped up on my screen with the following message:

  • Your basic info
  • Your e-mail address ([email protected])
  • Your profile info: description, birthday, education history, groups, hometown, interests, likes, location, website and work history
That's far worse than the recruiters. At least recruiters want to get your Facebook password to check all your Facebook friends and invite them to apply to the position you've just applied for. But what is the NYT going to do with the data that they want to collect from you?
Comment by Vincent Granville on March 25, 2012 at 11:31am

If the job interview was unsolicited, then maybe the employer in question is fake. Maybe it's a criminal disguised as an employer to "steal" and sell logins / passwords to other gangsters. These orgainized criminals regularly play this game to steal SSN for identity theft.

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