THAT'S MY PASSWORD, PUNK!

When I read Government agencies and colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords, I immediately had visions of Red trying to negotiate the right to take his own damn bike back from Deebo in the movie Friday.

“My pops told me to ask for my bike back… you know I wouldn’t trip.” – Red

I don’t even share my passwords with my girlfriend. Why should we be forced asked with extreme prejudice to give our personal passwords up to a college or employer? Keep in mind that this is a future college or employer, since the guarantee of employment or acceptance won’t be made until after they obtain your password and Sandra Fluke your privacy, rush Rush Limbaugh style.

If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can’t see your private posts, guess again.

Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and some are demanding full access from job applicants and student athletes.

In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state’s Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.

Previously, applicants were asked to surrender their user name and password, but a complaint from the ACLU stopped that practice last year. While submitting to a Facebook review is voluntary, virtually all applicants agree to it out of a desire to score well in the interview, according Maryland ACLU legislative director Melissa Coretz Goemann.

I can’t believe anyone, especially entire organizations, are trying to convince the public that this practice is in everyone’s best interest. What is this, Soviet Russia? At least have the common courtesy to violate my privacy behind a steel curtain. Otherwise, please explain why a POTENTIAL employer or school would need access beyond the public settings available to everyone? If something isn’t private, it wouldn’t need a password. I can forgive the gov-ment. They continuously make egregious errors in poor judgement. It’s like a contest for them. BUT, it’s terrifying to think that common sense is less than common at a place that would dare label itself an institution of higher learning.

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It’s even more scary to recognize that such a policy not only exposes the person’s privacy these institutions have pressured into revealing, it also violates every person’s privacy he or she has been in contact with. Most of you don’t even want your public Tweets and Facebook wall updates read by your coworkers. Would you want all of your Twitter DMs and personal messages read by a complete stranger? I doubt it. Last I checked, the entire point of privacy settings is TO MAINTAIN PRIVACY. It’s not a complicated concept to grasp.

What do you think SBM family? Am I overreacting? Do you think this practice should be par for the course? Have you been asked to submit your social networking passwords while applying for work or school? Would you?

PS… Just in case, would everyone please delete any and all DMs WisdomIsMisery sent you. We both know nothing good can come from keeping them archived. Word to Tiger Woods.