Want a job? What's your Facebook username and password?
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How far is too far when it comes to your employer getting into your personal life?
Reporter: Tammy Vo
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - There have been recent cases across the country where job seekers were asked by companies for their Facebook user name and password. Do they have that right?
When it comes to your Facebook page, there's a lot more to be seen than just what music or movies you like. Millions of users list their religion, age and political views, for example. Now two lawmakers, Senator Chuck Shumer of New York and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, are asking the feds to investigate. They posed this question: If an employer can't ask you that information on your application, what makes them think they can access that information through your Facebook page? They wrote in a statement "We are concerned that collecting this sensitive information under the guise of a background check may simply be a pretext for discrimination."
Many users think that your Facebook name and password is private information. But the unemployed might disagree.
"Would you give them your identification and password?" asked Reporter Tammy Vo.
"If they need it, yes, because I'm looking for work" said William Rohus. He showed up at Pima County One Stop on Monday morning looking for work.
James Jordan who is also looking for work, hesitantly disagreed. "I guess if they want it I would have to do it, yeah".
Facebook said in an online statement "As a user, you shouldn't be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job. That's why we've made it a violation of Facebook's statement of rights and responsibilities to share or solicit a Facebook password."
"Does this set up employers for problems?" Vo asked Attorney Doug Clark of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild.
"I think so. Why do you want to ask that question? It opens up a whole can of worms you don't want to open up" said Clark.