Shelly Palmer Radio Report – March 26, 2012

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal are calling on the Department of Justice and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate reports that employers are asking job applicants for Facebook and other social media passwords during job interviews. This begs for the question, why would a potential employer feel the need to ask for your Facebook password in the first place.  The answer is simple, Facebook allows you to restrict access to your profile to just your friends or even a totally private group, so unless you grant access or give a potential employer your password, the potential employer would have no way to see your private information.  And, this begs for another question … what is private information in the 21st century.  If you publish your pictures, writings or opinions on a social media site, isn’t it already there for the world to see?  Obviously, these are growing pains as we transition into the information age.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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