Would you friend your boss on Facebook? Or follow a superior on Twitter? You may not have a choice. A new congressional ruling is paving the way for employers to get your social media passwords to sites like Facebook and Twitter so they can check out your online life.
Under the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, employers would be able to ask potential employees to hand over their Facebook passwords along with their resumes.
Danielle Burke, the owner of Atlanta Activewear, likes the idea of knowing the passwords to her employees Facebook and social media sites.
"My employees aren't just working at my store, they're representing a brand and my store image," Burke said.
Attorney Amanda Farahany says businesses that do ask for passwords are setting themselves up for potential legal problems.
"The possibilities for discrimination are endless," Farahany said.
She says she would advise anyone seeking a job who runs into that situation to do one thing first.
"Clean up their Facebook page and make sure there's nothing private on their before you actually turn it over," Farahany said.
Anna Scarbrough, who has worked at a boutique for two years, says if employers want to get a more in-depth look at an employee, checking Facebook isn't the way to do it.
"You cannot know someone just simply by going on their Facebook page because people can have a completely different personality online if they want to," Scarbrough said.
An amendment to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act that would have prevented employers from being able to ask for passwords was just recently defeated.
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