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Employer Facebook Password Requests Suspended

February 23rd, 2011 02:33 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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Hugh Pickens writes “The Washington Post reports that Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has suspended a roughly year-old practice of asking prospective employees to voluntarily divulge their user names and passwords to social media Web sites such as Facebook. In a statement, the department said requests for user names and passwords had been voluntary, and had not been taken into account when evaluating job applicants. Nonetheless, ‘in light of these concerns raised by the ACLU and because this is a newly emerging area in the law, the department has suspended the process of asking for social media information for 45 days to review the procedure and to make sure it is being used consistently and appropriately.’” We covered this story back when the ACLU took the case.

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