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Ban on demanding Facebook
passwords among new 2013 state laws

Reuters, by James B. Kelleher

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/31/2012 2:23:52 PM

Chicago - Employers in California and Illinois will be prohibited from demanding access to workers´ password-protected social networking accounts and teachers in Oregon will be required to report suspected student bullies thanks to new laws taking effect in 2013. (Snip) In New Hampshire, a rarely used form of late-term abortion will become illegal except to save the life of the mother - and even then only if two doctors from separate hospitals certify the procedure is medically necessary. John Lynch, the state´s outgoing Democratic governor, had vetoed the measure, saying it would threaten the lives of

Laws that effect US going into effect after midnight. A real win here for US when the GOP-controlled legislature stood up to a dRATS governor in New Hampshire. Hope & keep voting in GOP legislatures in states and Congress. It matters.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/31/2012 2:46:05 PM     (No. 9091815)

I can´t believe that employers were demanding people´s personal passwords!! I am getting disgusted by some of the things employers are doing nowadays--especially in big companies. It is these giant corporations that often infringe on employees´ personal lives these days. I guess they think they are entitled...I think it is sick.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: shamrock, 12/31/2012 3:06:25 PM     (No. 9091837)

Not being a facebook person, I don´t understand why an employer would need to look at someone´s personal pictures etc. What does someone´s grandkids at a birthday party have to do with employment? I really don´t get it, someone explain please.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/31/2012 3:09:33 PM     (No. 9091846)

Yeah,I probably think that demanding someone´s facebook PW is going a little too far but they could have mine all they want.You can probably create quite a profile on a person by seeing what they do on FB.

Employers are getting tougher on who they hire because the new employee is getting more and more expensive and they don´t want to waste money on a dud.Also,employee theft is a huge problem in this country,probably moreso than shoplifters.

Guess I´m in between on this because I value privacy but also business being able to make good hiring decisions.

Think about it if you opened someone´s FB page and it´s first two favorite were the Kos and democratic underground,would you hire them? What if they friended Ed Schultz?

I was in a hiring position for a long time and I made the decision within 2 minutes of talking to someone and I rarely struck out.

A lot of businesses where I´m at now use employment agencies to do all the footwork on someone and then they get trial periods before they´re hired.They have to put up a bounty for a drug test which they get refunded if it´s clean.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: civilservant, 12/31/2012 3:28:23 PM     (No. 9091870)

#´s 1 & 2,
How about pictures of the applicant wated out of their minds, doing something inimical to the best interests of the company? Like for instance screaming and giving the finger to the Arlington National Cemetary respect sign?

How about tags like........"I´ma wasted at the .......concert and the boss thinks I be sick!!"

Or, "I´ve stolen more supplies from my boss than I´ve ever used!!!"

All real entries.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 12/31/2012 4:52:43 PM     (No. 9091984)

Except ...
Look, HR departments are notorious pits of the PC Nazi types. So, say you´ve given a ´´´like´´ on FaceBook to a group supporting traditional marriage. Might be enough to knock your job app out of consideration. Or, say, you´re on record for pro-English. Or against illegal aliens. Or in favor of requiring I.D. before voting. Or any of a number of issues that the ´correct view´ opposes.
Think it can´t knock you out? It can. It has. Some of us have reason to know it.
Yes, an employer should be able to derail a member of the ´I Steal from the Company´ club. But there really should be limits on how intrusive the check can be.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chance_232, 12/31/2012 8:09:25 PM     (No. 9092258)


If my employer had my password to this site and or read my posts, I might be in trouble.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/1/2013 12:10:25 PM     (No. 9093154)

All good points on FB but now, on to the teachers being required to report a bully. Most of these teacher creachers aren´t capable of teaching math or history- and now they are the final arbiters of just who is a bully ? I find this concept beyond frightening.

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