What would you say to an employer who asked for your Facebook login?

The main themes you want to touch

  1. Security: Need to protect everyone’s Private Identifying Information.
  2. Violation of Facebook policy: It is against Facebook’s user policy to share login information.
  3. OFCCP regulations against asking for marital status, children and age.
  4. Be polite but firmly say “no”.

You could say something like this:

“I take the security of Private Identifying Information (PII) very seriously. I protect everyone’s PII just as if it was my information. Therefore, I cannot compromise my PII just as I would not compromise anyone else’s PII. Plus, I do not want to violate Facebook’s user policy and have my professional account shutdown. I am sure you do not want to put your company in violation of OFCCP regulations against asking about marital status, children and age which would be compromised by my Facebook profile. I must respectfully decline.”

If you do not get the job, you may have a legal standing for discrimination.

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About Bruce Demarest

Bruce Demarest is a Identity Theft Protection Specialist. He has designed and taught classes to educate individuals and businesses in identity theft risk management. The individuals have learned how to continuously monitor their financial identities from credit fraud, plus how to monitor their personal identifying information for unauthorized use. His business clients have become compliant with the federal & state privacy laws. He has conducted information security audits to identify their potential problems and has designed security policies, programs, and practices to address those problem areas.
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2 Responses to What would you say to an employer who asked for your Facebook login?

  1. Interesting … and worth keeping in the arsenal as we move through the interview process!

  2. I can’t believe that just looking someone up on Facebook isn’t enough anymore! As long as someone isn’t posting poor content for the public to see it shouldn’t matter what their private conversations say. Great post.

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