Adam S. Brooks

technologist / geek . entrepreneur . marketer . presenter / speaker . developer . consultant . innovator . educator . community advocate . author .

Employers Requesting Access to Employees’ or Applicants’ Social Media Profiles

On the topic of employers or organizations requesting access to employees’ or applicants’ personal social media profiles, here are a few of my initial thoughts:

Social Media LoginIt appears to me that a user (the applicant) is committing a violation of the terms of service (TOS) agreement by providing a 3rd party (the potential employer), who did not accept the terms of service for the service and account, with a login and password to access the service. So, the possible employer is requesting (or requiring) the candidate to violate the terms of a contract, breach system security and possibly violate telecommunications laws. It’s unethical and unlawful.

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Deceased Online Users Live on Through Social Media

This article explores the needs of family to manage the online identity of deceased loved ones. It also provides resources for accessing accounts and removing profiles of deceased members.

I recently received a request from a colleague regarding a deceased team member. The spouse of the deceased was seeking ways to access accounts and remove inactive online profiles. The reality is that there is no one easy and all-inclusive way to resolve this. Often, online services and accounts are disconnected from one another and the spouse or estate representative will have to approach each site uniquely.

Below I have collected links to a few of the most popular / best of breed social media presences and links to a guiding document for resolving accounts of a deceased member.

Please note that a certificate of death or equivalent legal document is required in most cases.

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