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Should employers be able to access your Facebook?

KINGSPORT, TN -

WCMH -tv in Columbus, Ohio showed us how employers can look at the history you don't want them to see, even files you deleted or private pop-up conversations. All of that can be accessed with just your password.

These don't show up on your wall, these don't show up on your status update or anything . You can't be tagged in anything like these. These are private messages, and when you review the content you can tell that they were supposed to be private.

California, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland and New Jersey have all made it illegal for employers to ask for your social media passwords. 21 other states have laws proposed, but so far - no one in the Tennessee legislature has introduced a similar bill.

The Kingsport Police Department is one employer that makes viewing your social media part of the interview process. Prospective officers must log in to any social media sites they have a profile on and allow the department to research it before they are hired.

That process has cost at least one applicant a chance to be hired as a Kingsport Police Officer.

 

KPD  has disciplined officers in the past over social media. In 2007, patrolman Eric Manis was put on administrative leave after he posted what was perceived to be a threatening comment toward fun fest goers on his MySpace page. Manis later resigned .

 

We want to know what you think...should your employer have the right to your social media logins and passwords? Vote in our online poll!

 

  • Web Poll

  • Do you think your employer has the right to your social media logins and passwords so that they can look into what you're posting as well as your photos and information?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    7%
    81 votes
    No
    93%
    1087 votes
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