Ethical/Legal Reasons for keeping passwords secret?
August 6, 2008 12:49 PM Subscribe
What are your ethical opinions on supervisors knowing thier direct reports login information?
posted by chrisfromthelc to Computers & Internet (32 answers total)
I work in IT for a small company (re: I AM the IT department). A supervisor recently requested all of his employees' login information under the guise that some employees leave certain programs logged in. Now, obviously this is not the true issue at hand. I informed this person that I could not, in good conscious, divulge that information (all new accounts are forced password changes at first login, and every X days afterwards) even if I had it.
I'm in an equal position as this person, so anything serious (firing, etc.) is extremely unlikely, but knowing this person, they will make my life difficult if they possibly can.
I've been in IT for over 10 years, and every employer has handled it the same way: if you have a specific need for something, we'll retrieve that data if it's work related, but we're not giving up passwords.
I'd love to hear the hive mind's thought on this. Yes, you are not my lawyer.