Thursday, July 30, 2009

You Have /Insert Name Here/ In Your Facebook Friends List?! You're Fired!!!

Now, this is just plain outrageous:
Until recently the Bozeman, Montana municipal government demanded that job applicants disclose any and all of their involvement on social networking sites like Facebook , Myspace and YouTube as part of a background check. This included login names and passwords. The following excerpt is from a city waiver form, applicants are asked to sign:

“Please list any and all, current personal or business Web sites, Web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo,, MySpace, etc.,”

City manager Chris Kuluski said, "The City of Bozeman believes we have a responsibility to ensure candidates hired for positions of public trust are subject to a thorough background check.”. This requirement for disclosure did not apply to current employees or elected officials. Following the public opposition ranging from news sources, privacy rights groups and bloggers, the City of Bozeman has ended this requirement.
Well, at least they abolished that policy after all. But darn, this could have set a dangerous precedent. What's next? Job applicants being compelled to disclose the PINs for all their debit and credit cards, so that prospective employer could make sure they haven't written any bad checks? Whoever came up with the idea deserves to be fired or, at the very least - demoted.

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