What Is Your Password?
By: D.S. Wood
You step into the room for a job interview and you are feeling confident. You are feeling good because you haven’t worked in six months. You are excited to talk about your work history and qualifications. You feel like things are going great and you may have a shot for the job. Then, the interviewer asks for your password to your Facebook. What, my password? Yeah, your password, why don’t you get over here on my computer and sign me into your profile so I can check out what you have on your page. You’re probably flabbergasted. You politely say, “no I don’t feel comfortable doing that.” The interviewer puts it on heavy and throws you an ultimatum, password or no job? You walk out like the many who aren’t comfortable giving up their privacy.
Apparently, this is happening all across the country where employers have a one up on job seekers or even current employees when it comes to the demands for your passwords. The lousy job market has a lot to do with it.
If you were hoping for any type of help or relief protecting you and your privacy, you didn’t get it. Congress once again dropped the ball on legislation this week to prohibit employers or schools from asking or demanding you for your password. This time the House Republicans killed the measure. ” This doesn’t do that,” added Greg Waldren, Representative of Oregon, about the Democrat sponsored privacy bill. Of course it doesn’t because anytime you get these two parties in a room they can’t even pass something so simple as this.
Isn’t this the problem with out country? The do-nothing Congress, the over intrusive nature of our society and Government. When it comes to protecting civil liberties, our Congress passes legislation to violate it. Then, when something so blatant has occurred like the case of employers demanding the password of employees or interviewees, they bicker, play politics, and drop the ball.
I’ve heard the other side of the debate from people who have no problem with this form of intrusion. They quip, “if you have nothing to hide what’s the big deal?” Then, there’s the argument that employers should know if anything negative is being said about them, and they should know who represents them and their company.
I cry foul ball here and everyone else should be on the wagon with me. If your employer is too busy being paranoid about your off-duty activities, they probably won’t make it in the business world. Still, paranoia shouldn’t constitute the ability to violate someone’s privacy. The question I ask for those who could care less about employees or interviewees privacy rights, how extreme do you go with this?
If you want to cut down on the employee negativity against the employer why stop at the computer? Why not give your employees personal wire taps? That’s right, bug them out before they go to work and after they leave work. People who hate their jobs usually complain about it most during the commute.
With Congressional approval for drones over our heads in a few years, detaining citizen indefinitely, executive orders that resemble one of a dictatorship, Obama’s no trespassing law, Eric Holder’s logic about giving no legal counsel to kill American’s overseas, I suppose employers demanding your password doesn’t sound that extreme.
This is a major defeat to those who advocate for civil liberties. This is an aggrandizement for the elites. As Americans we must demand our House of Representatives get back on the floor and come up with something and pass a protection measure that will keep your privacy safe.