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Employer Demands Facebook Login from Job Applicant

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes | more than 3 years ago

Privacy 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes "Alex Madrigal reports in the Atlantic that the ACLU has taken up the case of Maryland corrections officer Robert Collins who was required to provide his Facebook login and password to the Maryland Division of Corrections (DOC) during a recertification interview so the interviewer could log on to his account and read not only his postings, but those of his family and friends too. "We live in a time when national security is the highest priority, but it must be delicately balanced with personal privacy," says Collins. "My fellow officers and I should not have to allow the government to view our personal Facebook posts and those of our friends, just to keep our jobs." The ACLU of Maryland has sent a letter to Public Safety Secretary Gary Maynard (PDF) concerning the Division of Correction's blanket requirement that applicants for employment with the division, as well as current employees undergoing recertification, provide the government with their social media account usernames and personal passwords for use in employee background checks. After three weeks the ACLU has received no response."

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Cardinal Richelieu (2)

FtDFtM (873257) | more than 3 years ago | (#35254318)

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him. []

That any person would even think that this invasion of privacy was acceptable shows how far our society has become imbalanced in favor of business and government.

Daniel Solove [] makes a good case [] that such an imbalance invariably precedes upheaval.

The government and my boss can have my passwords (1)

h00manist (800926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35257370)

After all, they need to trust me. And I need to have thiers. After all, I need to trust them.
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