Final by Tara Lambert

I will provide a summary of why this is unacceptable. Is it ethically acceptable for potential employers to request your social media passwords in order to continue a job interview? ; This topic of controversy is huge in society because people feel that this is an intrusion on their privacy. There is much debate about this due to the fact that the people who are applying for potential jobs do not feel that by law they should have to release this information. Why do they need this in order to make a decision about how I am as an employee? What exactly are they looking for?

How do they consider this to be ethical and moral? These are just a few of the questions that will try to describe in my discussion of this topic. Feminism/Post colonist Feminism is ethics of care, which pertains to the workable theory to glean guidance in moral situations. The debate in question to a feminist is that for some people this may be a fair and justice way to learn about a person’s history and types of relationships. They would also be subject to all other moral issues of justice in this manner. A postcolonial is someone who analyzes, explains and responds to cultural matters of society.

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They would reek it down into different studies of knowledge, moral philosophies, the nature of the matter and all the pertains to it even possibly down to the political side of it. In either situation this topic can be debated from several directions. Most of the debates pertaining to this matter are between people and their thoughts on whether this is ethically acceptable. To most people It is not it is an invasion of privacy. So, in the justice oriented person they will be asked to find out what the fair thing to do would be, and follow through with the course of action.

However, when it comes to a coordinated person they ill have to find the course of actions that preserves the best interests of all parties involved. Kane Categorical Imperative ; According to Kant, we should be rational and fair when it comes to moral dilemmas. There is meanings and actions that tell the truth. So in this particular case the employee is looking at the request as an invasion of their privacy, whereas the employee is looking at a way to see how this person is socially. But, the debate with this is can they make a rational decision about someone just by looking at their social media.

What types of things are they ally looking for and how can they hold this against me. We need to remember that Cant’s theory is that people should never be deceived or denied any relevant information. But, how does this theory make it right for a potential employer to look at personal social media. In my theory, I feel that if you Want the job that bad then you will be honest when questions are asked so that in can avoid any confusions later. Do not think that it is morally or ethically acceptable to request social media passwords.

The debate is however that no matter if we deny access, there is a bigger picture to look at ND that is that if an employer really wants to find out more about you they can. The reason for this is that an employer can get an intuition about you like you are not who you say you are, and will do whatever it takes to get their information. Aristotle Virtue Ethics ; According to Aristotle, Each person is responsible for themselves. That we act morally, when we do the right things at the right time, towards the right people, and in the right way.

It is also unfair to assume the worst in people without first knowing the truth behind them. We must understand that virtue is a way to achieve good moral virtues. The question at hand is it ethically acceptable for a potential employer to request social media passwords in order to continue a job interview? No, in my belief I think that this is wrong, but can we do something about it, yes and no. The reason I say yes is that if you are not being disrespectful, unlawful, or dishonest what do we have to hide?

Answer to this is that it should not make a difference because it is not fair to make judgments on a person by their social media. It is not up to the employer to decide what type of person they are. It is up to us to decide who we are, as well as how virtuous we want to be in life. O agree that if the need to look at someone’s personal life is the question at hand that they need to think before they act. Why would information be help against a person? There are people out there that do not care what they post and it can lead to confliction about the true nature of you as an individual.

Employers want to hire people that are going to be honest, respectful, hard working, etc.. Not someone that is all about social media and who or what is going on. Utilitarianism ; According to the ethics lecture you provided, Utilitarianism is the greatest good for the greatest number, only make a decision based on the uniqueness, flaw to watch for is that the minority might suffer injustice in the name of the greater good. Most people consider social media a way to relax and interact with others, this is a way for them to be happy.

However, this can lead to acts of unhappiness due to pleasures of others, and injustice acts from others. Companies look for people that are going to be providing them with goodness and will make good decisions as they go, despite the flaws of consequences that may or may not follow. People do not realize that digital footprints can follow them and this can lead to employers feeling that hey are not going to be good in the workplace. It is important to decide what we can do to make the best out of any situation, because according to Mill, Utilitarianism evaluates what consequences will follow good and bad.

We also need to be superior in our intellectual pleasures as well as our personal pleasures without creating a bad impression that will lead to potential dangers for our futures. Feminism ; Feminism is based on the caring for others. It is a workable theory from which we glean guidance in moral situations. Ethical issues are a debate on a daily basis. Should we consider it ethically acceptable for potential employers o request social media passwords? This questions can have different sides of debate. From one point of view people feel they are questioning whether this is against privacy laws and if so what kinds of actions can be taken.

It will make people question the laws that are put into place to protect them. It will be a debate on what the employer is actually looking for? How can they use this against me? How can they figure who truly am as a person just by looking at social media? How do they figure that the stuff post is what my work ethics are about? There are many questions that come to light and it is p to a justice minded person to decide what actions they want to proceed with. What they deem fair and unfair. If, the person is a care oriented person then they will understand on some level to what the employer is in search of.

How their interest in you and your social media will pertain to the best interests of the company and its other employees. People that are caring and justice will bring about better moral decisions. It is important to think about everything that we do on a personal level when it comes to social media because it can affect us in ways that we never thought Of. Am someone that instantly debates about what I should put out there on social media because of the fear I have of what types of people might turn around me. Question some things that are on social media and do not think they should be allowed because in today’s society to many places of employment research people in that manner and use it against them. I do not believe that this is fair but at the same time it can truly be out of our hands. Egoism ; According to the ethics lecture you provided a quick summary on egoism is rational self-interest, may be small minded but it is prevalent in realty and eave benefit as a part of healthy, workable society. This is good to keep in mind when it comes to making choices of what to put out there on social media.

I say this because it can be the littlest thing that may not seem relevant to you but it is to someone else. I feel that when it comes to rational self interest there are some people that forget about others. Egoism is a form of Consent mentalist thinking which means that the best solution to ethical dilemmas is to aim for what the best rational consequence will be for you. Ethical decisions for employers requesting social media passwords in their ands is a way to see who will fit the profile they are in search of. However in our mind it is unethical and an invasion.

But, when we think about the nature of this question is that no matter what we have to think about what is best for us. Do we give them the passwords and hope for the best despite the facts that our social media might hinder us from getting work or do we just say no and suffer the consequence of not getting the job? The things that we do on our own personal time of our self interest might not seem important to you, your friends or your family. But, in today’s society I feel that this is another ay for people to control us.

I say this because we should be allowed to speak our minds but at the same time show respect, be honest, be considerate of others and ourselves. No, I do not think that we should put all of our business out there for the whole world to see some things should be left in private. SOCIAL MEDIA AND EMPLOYMENT: Is there a Limit? This article discusses the facts of how social media has increased and has had an impact of how potential employers look at potential candidates. They can use this technology to locate any information they possibly can about who you are.

However there have been questions on whether this should be ethically acceptable? Social media is a way to interact with others professionally and personally, and unfortunately if someone wants to find out information about you they will cross all sorts of boundaries. I think that most people feel as this is an invasion of their privacy and they are right to a point. My theory on this is that not everything needs to put out there on backbone or twitter. However, there are people in society that put absolutely everything on there.

Potential employers ask for permission so that legally they are overfed. The one thing that is important to remember is that if you deny passwords to many times then you are probably putting yourself in a position where it will be extremely hard to get a good job that can be beneficial to you financially and protect your future. According to Smith and Papal, 2012 it is technically not illegal to ask for this but there are questions about it. Is it Ethical? Depends on who the person is and how they truly feel.

Some people might be against this request because they are trying to hide something that they know will hurt them, or they just simply feel that it right. Then there are people that will give out their passwords no problem because they do not care what people know about them, they make the right choices, they are careful. Is the employer crossing boundaries? Think that for me this is a tough question because part of me says no and the other says yes. Say yes because they are going through my personal life and they should not judge me by my cover.

Another reason is that do not want to put family or friends at risk. Lastly, I think that they are opening up new channels for identity theft. Employer use of Backbone and Online Social Networks to Discriminate against applicants for Employment and Employees: An Analysis Balancing the risks of having a backbone account and the need for protective legislation. ; This article pertains to the growth of social media profiles and networks. It discusses the privacy (or lack of) in which these online networks provide their users.

It discusses how potential employers request candidates to provide passwords in order to continue interview processes and it also discusses the risks that can lead to being terminated for what is posted. The article states that if a user chooses to post the information publicly that is his/her choice. For some people, being asked for their passwords is against their idea of privacy. Other concerns is that there have been people terminated for their posts. My opinion on this is that sometimes we may feel that it is an invasion of privacy, we have to decide what we really want a job or social media.

If a person that works for a company starts acting out or that the company feels is a threat then is it ethical for them to look at person’s profile I am unsure on how to answer that? However, there are so concerns about the ethics and morals behind this question that I truly feel that everyone has their own pinions and will do whatever they deem fit to secure/protect their future. Conclusion ; My conclusion on this overall is that at some points to this question is that am conflicted. I feel that this is an invasion of privacy.

However, I feel that if it is going to affect secure and protect my future than I would probably have no problem with it. I have doubts because it scares me enough already that there are people in society that can access individuals information without us ever knowing it. There are the risks that my family and friends may face. There is also another way for potential identity theft. I would not like someone to come into my home and go through my personal belongings and this is what social media is personal information.

However, the one thing that people forget is that there is the drawback that there is always a way to find personal information. It is up to us as individuals to choose wisely. If, a potential employer requests your personal passwords then I would think about what and why am truly there. But, would also ask what they were most interested in me or my profile.