Guest Post: Social Media Disclosure by Laurie London

Thanks, Jennifer, for having me on today!

The third book in the Sweetblood series, Tempted By Blood, just came out. This is Jackson and Arianna’s story.

If you’ve read the other books, you’ll remember Jackson. (Don’t worry if you haven’t as I wrote them to stand alone.) He’s the playboy, the charmer of the Seattle area Guardians, who are sworn to protect humans from Darkbloods. But he’s hiding a terrible secret. One that, if anyone finds out about, will threaten not only his job but his life. His blood and energy needs have been steadily increasing and he worries that if things continue, he’ll soon revert back to the ways of his violent ancestors. And as a Guardian, that means a death sentence.

Arianna Wells, the human woman he falls in love with, is also hiding a secret. In addition to her job as a graphic artist at Xtark Software, she also runs a paranormal blog that she keeps hidden from her employer. (www.Paranormalish.blogspot.com) If they find out she has a blog and didn’t tell them, they’ll fire her. Several years ago, she made the mistake of not hiding her identity, which had disastrous consequences, so she learned her lesson.

Although I don’t work as a computer programmer (I used to be a systems tester and did some programming), I have friends here in the Seattle area who work in the software industry. Several have told me stories of employers who demanded they turn over their social media passwords because they wanted to make sure their employees weren’t sharing company secrets. That’s how I got the idea that Arianna could lose her job if they found out she had a blog she didn’t tell them about.

On that same note, this article was circulating around Facebook the other day. http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/03/21/hand-over-your-facebook-username-and-password-if-you-want-a-job/

It’s exactly what Arianna went through at Xtark. Jerks!

If a potential employer told you to turn over your social media passwords and you really needed the job, would you do it or would you lie like Arianna did and say you didn’t have a blog (or FB, Twitter, etc.)?

I’m giving away a copy of Tempted By Blood to one random commenter.

Laurie can be found online here:

www.LaurieLondonBooks.com

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16 Comments

  1. Comment by atoasttodragons:

    That’s a tough call if you are desperate. If I could I’d find another job. In the end, I think those employers who are doing this will probably find themselves in court, sooner or later.

  2. Comment by Michelle Bledsoe:

    In a way I can understand the company wanting to do that, BUT we have a right to our privacy. I think that says it all.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Comment by VanillaOrchids:

    Interesting question. Well, if I had social media pages that I used my real first and last name on, then I probably would turn over the passwords to them because I would NOT write anything on them that could be in anyway detrimental to me getting such a job. And then I would wait just a little while before changing the passwords. LOL
    However, if I had pages that weren’t identifiable to me, I would not own up to it to an employer or potential employer. It’s frankly none of their business.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

    Pam
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Comment by Tes Hilaire:

    Hmmm… since I’m not a very good liar…. and if I were desperate, I guess I’d have to give them up. But frankly, that stinks. 😛 (a clarifying note, I don’t think FB, twitter, etc is “private”, however I also don’t think that anyone has the right to take control of them by demanding passwords etc)

  5. Comment by iqb2001:

    I’m not a good liar but I don’t know if I would just give my passwords out either. Hmm…tough decision. I don’t think I would give up my passwords and if I did, the job better be awesome and paying me a LOT of money.

  6. Comment by Mandy:

    Hi Laurie! My hubby and I were talking about this article just the other day and wondering what a prospective employer would do if someone really didn’t use any social media. My hubby had a FB account for about 30 days and closed it. He doesn’t use twitter or blog or use any other social network. Would an interviewer believe him? Would he lose out on a position because he didn’t have an account where his employer could keep tabs on his outside activities? It’s scary. But… for someone to share private company secrets on a social networking site is just as stupid as cussing out your boss or complaining about your job when some of your “friends” are fellow associates.

    Don’t bother entering me for the give-away… I already have an autographed copy (squeeee!).

  7. Comment by Robin D:

    If I didn’t have a job and needed one I’d probably do it, but I think it crosses the line of what’s appropriate and not appropriate to do.

  8. Comment by Andie Wardlow:

    I think I would try to get a different job…I don’t think they have a right to that info.

  9. Comment by Jennifer:

    I think I’m with most of you all… I would do it, if I needed the job. Not much on any of my sites that I’d need to “hide”. But If I could find something else, I would, simply on principle. I can see wanting to protect company assets, but there’s a fine line between protecting what’s yours, and taking away someone’s privacy.

  10. Comment by Patti:

    Interesting question. I think that I would not give my password and then find a lawyer to fight if I didn’t get the job since I think that might be illegal.

    prettyunicorn78@yahoo.com

  11. Comment by Jennifer:

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  12. Comment by donnas1:

    Tough question. I was actually thinking about this this morning too. I personally dont put things out there that would be an issue since you can never really delete anything on the internet. If they really want to see whats on my page I would probably be ok friending them. But passwords are really an entirely different matter.

  13. Comment by Aretha zhen:

    I would never hand over any of my social media password. They truly are trying to violate my privacy and I believe I can sue them for forcing me to do so

  14. Comment by Brenda D.:

    On one hand, I never post anything offensive so it wouldn’t matter. If they want to monitor me they can have at it! On the other hand, I don’t feel that they need or have any right to ask for the passwords. Have a great day!

  15. Comment by BookLover62:

    Interesting question. I’m currently in a job search and my last interview with a State agency did not address this topic at all. Tons of questions about super confidentiality of medical records, security of cell phone transmissions and such, but no social media questions.
    But, that is one reason why I’m BookLover62 and not my real name on my blog – Twitter – Getglue – Goodreads accounts. I know I would not give anyone my passwords to any of my sites/accounts, but would give my FB user name to whomever asks. They would find out that I play “Mafia Wars” on an almost daily basis, and post rather noncontroversial items and links.
    Well, as noncontroversial as a Democratic Social Worker who also supports the military and the second amendment……. (Yes, I know that’s an oxymoron). 🙂

    loribooklover62@

  16. Comment by BookLover62:

    Oops got cut off

    loribooklover62@ aol.com

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