Friday, June 19, 2009

Montana Town Demands Job Applicants Provide Facebook Passwords

See ABA Journal: Town Requires Job Seekers to Reveal Social Media Passwords:

...job seekers for Bozeman city posts are required to sign a background check waiver. In addition to allowing standard criminal records checks and past employment reviews, the applicant is required to do the following:

"Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc."

The city form then offers three lines for applicants to list websites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords, Montana News Station reports.

City Attorney Greg Sullivan is quoted as defending the policy: "We have positions ranging from fire and police, which require people of high integrity for those positions, all the way down to the lifeguards and the folks that work in city hall here. So we do those types of investigations to make sure the people that we hire have the highest moral character and are a good fit for the city."

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

UPDATE: June 20, 2009

I guess they decided that wasn't such a great idea, after all: City drops request for Internet passwords

GJW

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