I heard this and could not believe it..

Justin Bassetta New York City statistician, had just answered a few questions during his interviewed for a new job, when she turned her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information his Facebook username and password.


Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn't want to work for a company that would seek such personal information.


But as the job market steadily improves, other job candidates are confronting the same question from prospective employers, and some of them cannot afford to say no.


Some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around.


Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor and former federal prosecutor who calls it "an egregious privacy violation."


Since the rise of social networking, it has become common for managers to review publicly available Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other sites to learn more about job candidates.


Companies that don't ask for passwords have taken other steps — such as asking applicants to friend human resource managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview. Once employed, some workers have been required to sign non-disparagement agreements that ban them from talking negatively about an employer on social media.

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