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POSTMEDIA NEWS
March 23, 2012

Job seeker Rob MacLeod says he was “taken aback” when an interviewer asked for his Facebook login and password so he could screen MacLeod’s photos as part of the job interview.

But privacy experts say asking for social media passwords is crossing the line of “reasonable” employment criteria, akin to asking out-of-bounds questions on age or ethnicity.

MacLeod said he questioned why this was necessary.

“He just pretty much became defensive himself saying ‘Oh, you know, if you have something to hide . . . we don’t have to go forward in this process,’ ” MacLeod told Postmedia News.

MacLeod, a 28-year-old Oakville, Ont., resident, said he offered to log the interviewer in, but he refused, asking to access MacLeod’s account directly.

“I have nothing to hide. (I said) ‘You can look at it. I just don’t like to disclose passwords,’ ” he recalled of the law enforcement position he applied for in 2009.

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