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A big ‘no’ to giving up Facebook password to employers

As legislation is passed in some US states to prevent employers asking for people’s passwords, a recent UK survey has shown that people in the UK are not willing to give potential employers their Facebook passwords.

Around 91% of those asked ’Would you give your Facebook password to a potential employers’ said no, in a survey conducted by Real Time Market Research Company, Usurv, on behalf of Barker Ross.

Some employers in the USA have started to ask for Facebook passwords so they can learn more about job candidates and there is some evidence that the practice might be exported to the UK. However, this survey shows that the idea will not be welcomed.

Interestingly more men than women would give up their Facebook password, with 94.5% of women refusing, but only 87.5% of men saying ‘no’.

The survey also indicated that the more educated the candidate the more likely they were to reveal their password, with 92% of A level standard people saying no, with only 79% of people with higher degrees saying no.

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