Would you give up your Facebook password for a job? Maybe it is time for a personal privacy policy.

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This week, there was an article on Yahoo News about how a company asked a job candidate for the password to his Facebook account during a job interview. I was shocked by the story and was happy to hear the candidate withdrew his application for the job and moved on. I can't believe that any company would have the gall to ask for such a thing. I would NEVER comply with that no matter how desperate I was to get a job. If an employer wants to befriend me on a social networking site, I have the option to accept or deny that request outside of the interview. Whether someone can see my Facebook profile should not have an impact on my qualifications for a job. Earlier today, Mashable reported that Facebook will try to do whatever they can to stop this type of abuse. I applaud Facebook for this. I also thought about going a bit further and drafting a privacy policy in the event I'm ever asked to give such information. So here it is. I have changed names to protect the innocent (it is a privacy statement after all).

I'm not very serious about this, but maybe I need to be. I see privacy policies like this all the time and never really read or think about them. Maybe it's about time we all start paying a little more attention. If I ever find myself in a job interview again, I just may have a copy of this on hand, just in case. What do you think about companies who ask for private information like passwords? Would you give up yours? 

 

PRIVACY POLICY FOR JOHN Q. FORESTER
 
This privacy policy has been written to protect the information I may provide to you, or information you provide to me during our job interview process. 
 
What information do I collect? 
 
I collect information from you when you contact me for the interview. When you contact me, as appropriate, you may be asked to provide your: name, e-mail address, mailing address or phone number. 
 
What do I use your information for? 
 
Any of the information I collect from you may be used in one of the following ways: 
 
; To personalize your experience
(your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
 
; To improve the job interview process
(your information helps me to more effectively respond to your job inquiry and interview needs)
 
; To send periodic emails
 
The email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
 
How do I protect your information? 
 
I implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you provide your personal information. 
 
Do I disclose any information to outside parties? 
 
I do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. I may release your information when I believe release is appropriate to comply with the law or protect my or others rights, property, or safety. 
 
What information do I provide?
 
I will provide my contact information, professional resume, references, a completed job application, and honest, candid verbal feedback during the job interview process. I will not provide private information such as passwords to email accounts, social media websites, banking accounts, or any other information I deem inappropriate or consider to be private. I do not expect you or your company to provide private information or company trade secrets.   
 
Your Consent 
 
By conducting this interview, you consent to my privacy policy.
 
Changes to my Privacy Policy 
 
If I decide to change my privacy policy, I will send an email notifying you of any changes.

 

So what do you think? Are you ready to draft a privacy policy?

 

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