Bozeman City Job App: Your Passwords Please

Posted by on Jun 19, 2009 in Privacy

Bozeman City Job App: Your Passwords Please

The city of Bozeman, with a population of 25,000 people in southwestern Montana, likely isn’t one you heard of recently. However, it’s in the news after a city job requirement has drawn heavy criticism over possible privacy issues.

An anonymous citizen who applied for a city job alerted local media that he or she had to provide log-in information and passwords for any and all social networking web sites they use while applying for a job with the city.

Along with the normal background check, criminal history, education and employment past, the following is written into the Bozeman city employment waiver statement:

“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.”

The application also gives room for three different web sites, account names and passwords, according to the applicant. … more

Full story at: Daily Tech

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