Town Demands Job Seekers’ Social Network Usernames, Passwords!

June 19, 2009

(ChattahBox)— Job applicants applying for jobs with the town of Bozeman, Montana may want to clean up their social networking sites, removing any inebriated partying pictures, because as a condition of employment, applicants are required to hand over not only their usernames, but all personal passwords to their social networking and any other online sites.

Bozeman town officials defend their practice of requiring applicants to provide all login information to social networking sites the applicants belong to, as ensuring they hire people of “the highest moral character.”

Town officials plan to log into job applicants’ social media accounts and other online accounts to make sure their online activities are in keeping with their moral standards, and the people they hire are a good fit for the town.

When their request for login information came to light, town officials had not considered the privacy issues of demanding personal passwords.



One Response to “Town Demands Job Seekers’ Social Network Usernames, Passwords!”

  1. Old Man Dotes on June 19th, 2009 1:56 pm

    Bozeman’s demand constitutes unlawful and tortious interference with a contract between third parties; all social networks (indeed, all networks of any kind on the Internet) included as a part of their terms of use that the user will not shar his/her password with anyone else. This is a legal and binding contract with an “electronic signature” under US Federal law. If I lived in Bozeman, I’d apply for a job, refuse to hand over the passwords, and then sue if they didn’t hire me.

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