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Bozeman, MT speaks up, city at a loss

indrora (1541419) writes | more than 5 years ago

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indrora writes "Yesterday, the city of Bozeman, Montana decided to put into effect the ridiculous bill that made applicants for city jobs to pony up their usernames and passwords on what equivocates to be any website or system they use. The residents baulked at it and began to deluge the city officials building with emails and phone calls in protest. This morning, they held a closed-door hearing to determine what to do. They have not however said anything about what the result was (granted, they will have to soon, because of the Open Meetings Act). The local news station held a vote; the results? Astonishingly un-astonishing:

As of 10 a.m. 6,454 people had voted in a poll on www.kbzk.com asking "What do you think of the City of Bozeman requiring job applicants to provide social network site login and password information?" So 6,347 people have voted "I'm against it — It's an invasion of privacy," 62 people have voted "I'm for it — It's important for the City to judge the applicant's character," and 45 people have said they don't care either way.

The same local news station has a consistent stream of updates that those interested can take a look at."
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