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Unity Elementary Student’s Constitution Day Essay

“All right, so I need your name, date of birth, former jobs, contact information, desired pay, and a list of people who have poked you on Facebook in the past week.’’

Yes, that is what this world is coming to, people.

Twenty million people now have Facebook accounts and 100,000 new users register each day. Should employers have the right to ask for your username and passwords? Are they nuts?

The First Amendment protects your freedom of speech and the Fourth Amendment protects your right of unnecessary searches. An employer who asked for your private information violates both. How is going through someone’s Facebook messages any different than going through someone’s mailbox at their house?

In Maryland, a corrections officer was asked for this Facebook user name and password during a security interview to check if he was involved with gangs and his employer searched his messages between him and friends.

Furthermore, should school administrators be permitted to ask for students’ passwords? School should be about learning, not what a student was “lol-ing’’ another. This happened in Minnesota, where a mother and the American Civil Liberties Union sued a school when a school principal demanded a 12-year-old girl’s Facebook credentials because of a complaint from a mother.

What is the difference between the two scenarios? Absolutely nothing.

All in all, it’s called a password for a reason. Yes, people should follow the rule that you don’t post anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t send Grandma in a postcard, but you don’t have to log on to someone’s account to check if they are reliable or not.

Status updated at 12:38 p.m. OMG! You have been hacked by your boss! Lol. You’re fired.