More colleges and employers requesting applicants’ Facebook passwords than ever before

Last year, we reported that a police department in North Carolina was requiring applicants to provide their social network passwords to interviewers to be considered for a job, Yahoo! Tech reports. What was once an isolated practice has begun to spread, with more and more applicants being asked to surrender their privacy than ever before. It’s a terrifying new world for anyone who cherishes their privacy. Those applying for jobs at the Maryland Department of Corrections are asked to log in to their Facebook account. Though the interviewer doesn’t have direct control over the account, applicants are still asked to click through various posts and photos, giving their future employer a look at what goes on behind the privacy wall. And it’s not just job applicants being asked to share private information—college students are being monitored, too. Many student athletes are required to add a coach or other college official as a “friend,” so that their activity can be monitored. Some colleges even automate the process with software…

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