In Maryland, Robert Collins was asked for his Facebook password when he re-applied for his old post as a corrections officer. He said he felt "forced" to give up the password, and "embarrassed and violated" by having his employers trawl through his Facebook page.
But a spokesman from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services defended their habit of demanding passwords from job applicants. He said that scrutinizing employees' Facebook pages was a way to avoid employing people with gang affiliations as law enforcers. Out of 2,700 MD corrections dept. job applicants last year, seven were rejected because of their social media accounts.
Maryland could become the first state to ban employers from asking for their employees' Facebook passwords. The new law just needs to be signed by MD Gov. Martin O'Malley. After reports of Facebook-password requests during job interviews earlier this year, several Democratic Senators have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to determine whether it's constitutional for employers to demand login details.
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce also wants to keep their ability to check employees Facebook pages. They say it helps employers to investigate charges of bad behavior, for instance, sexual harassment cases.
Should your employer have the right to ask for your Facebook password? Or should there be a law against this?