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The law took effect at 12:01 a.m. today

If you were worried about an employer seeing those pictures from the big New Year's party on your Facebook last night, don't fret -- a new law that's taking place this year will prevent employers from requesting Facebook passwords.

The law took effect at 12:01 a.m. today in both California and Illinois. It states that employers can't request social networking passwords or non-public account information from current or potential employees.

Michigan is another state that passed a similar law last month.

However, something that citizens in these states need to keep in mind is that employers can still see any public posts, tweets or photos on the social networks. So unless you set your information to private, it's fair game.

Back in 2011, employees and applicants to the Maryland Department of Corrections were asked to surrender their emails and passwords in order for employers to access their Facebook pages. This resulted in a complaint from corrections officer Robert Collins, who went to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The ACLU argued that this was an invasion of privacy. The Department of Corrections has since stopped this practice, but found a loophole -- they just ask the applicant to log onto their Facebook accounts right in front of them, giving employers the freedom to browse photos, comments and Walls right in front of the applicant.

The Maryland Department of Corrections isn't the only establishment searching social networks for clues as to who they're accepting. The University of North Carolina recently revised its handbook to make it so student-athletes must add a coach or administrator to their friends list on their social networks.

In March 2012, some government job seekers and student-athletes complained that the government agency or college in which they were applying to had asked for access to their Facebook pages among other social networking sites.

Source: Reuters

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By Scannall on 1/1/2013 9:07:23 PM , Rating: 2
Regardless of these new laws, if you're looking for work it'd be a really good idea for you to keep a very well groomed and scoured Facebook.

Use it to present whatever you want prospective employers to see, and not for pictures of you passed out at a party.

RE: Regardless
By schmandel on 1/1/2013 11:00:53 PM , Rating: 1
Facebook accounts are for losers. Just say no.

If I were still in the placement business a candidate having no social media baggage or fixations could definitely set themselves above the rest.

RE: Regardless
By Dr of crap on 1/2/2013 10:35:38 AM , Rating: 2
Think back to the year 2000 -
No facebook
No social media
An employer asks you to bring in photos you took over the last few months for them to look over. Or to have you record the next few months of phone calls and then let them hear what you had to say in the calls.

See any difference there?

Nope they are the same thing as asking for your Facebook sign info. They have no reason to ask for it! And you should not have to give it.

RE: Regardless
By dark matter on 1/2/2013 5:31:21 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, it would be a better idea in your interview to keep a well groomed LinkedIn account.

That way you can easily skirt around your utterly debauched Facebook account by claiming "I don't have a facebook account, I find it unprofessional and a bit of a time sink. Which is why I use LinkedIn."

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