A few days ago, a meeting of the House of Representatives was called to discuss the legality of employers requiring potential and current employees to reveal their social media passwords. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) presented the measure, which would allow the FCC to prevent such an act. The bill was voted down 184 to 236 and did not pass.
Politics aside, the actuality that employers have been asking for confidential passwords is a little awkward. Users of Facebook (the social network the bill has chosen to focus on, although all networks are included) are unhappy about the practice. In response to all the coverage, Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan made a post on March 23 stating that Facebook did not believe anyone should ever have to share their passwords at any time.
While this social struggle continues to take shape, there are a few things you can do to keep your social media presence above board.
One suggestion to remedy the request of a social network password is to direct the inquirer to LinkedIn, a social site dedicated to one's professional life. The site is extremely useful as a self promotion platform and is utilized by recruiters and HR departments quite often in the hiring process. Use the site to your advantage by acquiring recommendations from previous employers and including a comprehensive work history so that all the work information associated with a resume can live in one happy place.