I saw the link to the Associated Press article “Job Seekers Getting Asked for Facebook Passwords” in my Facebook news feed from a local television station.
My first thoughts were 1) Who would think that it’s acceptable to ask for someone’s password? and 2) Who would give up his/her password? Then I thought about my students—vulnerable 20-somethings in a job interview, clearly in no position of authority and just wanting to land some gainful employment.
We already know students need to be careful in many ways when it comes to their social networking practices. This is just one more topic to add to the list. My students and I will be talking about this article in class on Monday, and I thought you might be interested in having the same discussion with your students. Is this ethical? What should students do if they are asked to surrender their passwords? We definitely live in some interesting times.