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    Want a job? Handover your Facebook password

    Wow. This is wrong on so many levels. Would you do it?

    How would you like to apply for a job and have your prospective employer ask for the usernames and passwords for all your social-networking accounts?

    That’s what’s happened to applicants for jobs with the city of Bozeman, Montana, who were surprised to discover they needed more than a work history and references.

    “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.,” reads a background-check waiver form that applicants had to sign. (There’s no mention of Twitter.) The form then contains three lines where applicants are to list their logins and passwords.

    The request raised questions about privacy rights in Montana, whose constitution states: “The right of individual privacy is essential to the well-being of a free society and shall not be infringed without the showing of a compelling state interest.”


    http://scitech.blogs.cnn.com/2009/06...book-password/
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    This is so unreal. Hard to believe that these city officials were serious about it. What worries me most is that sooner or later something similar will happen again and that someone will handover his or hers privacy data. What's next? The number 1984 rings a bell here.

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    What the hell company is that???

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    We're in 2009 folks, I'm still wondering why they want to get the passwords on paper if they can easily find them through the browser itselves

    I wouldn't do this if I were a boss, but heck if it earns a lot, why not -- My Facebook is inactive anyways
    |Nico Lawsons

  5. People have to keep two facebook accounts there, one for work and one personal

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    If they want your passwords, it would appear that they not only want to see what you have done, but also want to monitor what you may do in the future.

    I have read that here in the USA more companies are reviewing everything they can find on the web about a job candidate. If you are using your real name on a web site and have written anything controversial, that can be a problem. It has been a problem for some people whose social sites make them look like party animals.

    It is probably OK to ask for a list of your web sites and social networking pages, but to ask for the passwords is going way too far. They have no right to that information. I would not give it to them.

    It looks like this issue will die out quickly:
    Bozeman city offices have been flooded with angry calls and e-mails since this news broke earlier this week. In an unscientific online poll by a Montana TV station, 98 percent of respondents opposed the city’s request on privacy grounds.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I have read that here in the USA more companies are reviewing everything they can find on the web about a job candidate. If you are using your real name on a web site and have written anything controversial, that can be a problem. It has been a problem for some people whose social sites make them look like party animals.
    That's why my internet 'real' name is Nico Lawsons -- But in fact my true name is a hole different name But Nico Lawsons has an overall good reputation so in fact I could've used my real name if I would
    |Nico Lawsons

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    Wow this is so illegal.
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