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The uncomfortable interview question: What's your Facebook password?

You’ve been out of a job for awhile and finally land an interview. The interviewer asks you for your Facebook password. Do you swallow your outrage and give it up, hoping there’s nothing incriminating? Or, do you refuse, knowing you’ll likely not get the job?

If proposed Maryland legislation gets passed, you won’t have to make that choice. A bill now making its way through the General Assembly would make it illegal for an employer to ask for your user name or password to access your personal accounts.

It seems that employers and others are getting nosier. My column Tuesday was about scholarship providers doing online searches about candidates, usually only if they are a finalist. Some scholarship providers request that finalists friend them on Facebook.


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