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Employers asking for Facebook login and passwords

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -- People are sounding off, after news that your next job interview could mean giving up your Facebook login and password to the employer.

Vacation plans, party plans, you name it -- it's likely on your Facebook page.

Things you might want to think twice about putting online, now that some employers are cornering you to pull that information up if you want a job. Some are asking you to simply provide the information. Others are even asking you to friend a human resource manager, if you want a job.

"I think it's invading privacy. It's not a good idea because people put personal stuff on Facebook that they don't want employers to see," says Brian Sanford. 

"I don't have a Facebook page anymore because of it," adds Tim Deegan.  

"This is part of the technology creep that really scared a lot of people," says Virginia ACLU Executive Director Kent Willis. He says it all depends on this: "A private employers can ask you to do this. Then, it is your choice to say whether or not you are going to apply for the job."

Or, you could simply say no to the employer and possible give up the job.

But, Willis believes things are different if it's a government agency. "The government doesn't have a right to infringe on your private life."

Many agree though, they'd give up the coveted information for one reason.

"I will show you my Facebook page, if it pertains to the job," says Brian.  

Bottom line -- Willis says the thing to do is pass a law in Virginia to make this all illegal, something other states are now attempting.

"This is a matter of the technology being there and employees saying I want to see this. There are no laws to protect the people," says Willis. 

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