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Employers Seeking Social Media Passwords More Common

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    Employers Seeking Social Media Passwords More Common
    More and more, employers are looking into a job candidate's life online.

    Facebook users, it may not matter how private or politically correct you keep your page while searching for a job.

    Some employers are now demanding the password to your account so that they can see what you may have hidden on your wall and in your photos.

    The practice is growing fastest in the public sector, especially for law enforcement positions, but it's also gaining traction in the private sector as well.

    The Associated Press published an article earlier this week where Justin bassett, a New York City statistician, withdrew his application for a job after being asked to turn over his Facebook login information.

    "They [employers] are in the drivers seat right now they know unemployment is high and they want to be very selective of who they hire," said John Challenger, with Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

    A few states have begun proposing legislation that would make it illegal for an employer to ask for Facebook passwords and the ACLU has complained about the practice.

    Texas is not yet one of those states proposing legislation against the practice.