Where the hell do people get off? This is a violation of privacy in one of the grossest forms.
I’m sorry, but if I apply for a job and they demand access to my private Facebook information, they can kiss my ass. A company that willfully disregards the rights of its employees is not a company that I want to work for.
Facebook is part of your personal life. I don’t see corporations following these people home to see how their home life is, or wanting to read the text messages on their phone. Perhaps they would like to see how applicants’ sex lives are? Because, really, should they be employing sado-masochists?? Is that really conducive to a teambuilding corporate atmosphere?
I’m all for criminal background checks. If you’ve been charged with a crime, that is no longer your personal life, but public life. I can understand credit checks (only for companies having to do with finance…otherwise it seems pointless). But companies have no need or right to prod into your personal life.
(This is, of course, assuming you don’t already grant public access on your Facebook page. If you do, stop that. Also, I don’t want people trying to jump down my throat saying “if you put it on Facebook, you have no expectation of privacy.” There is a big difference between an idiot leaving their embarrassing photos for all the world to see and someone demanding access to my account to view every last detail that I have kept from being public for a reason.)
Then offer them a sex tape.