Powers That Be Outrage

United States
June 18, 2009 10:37pm CST
I don't know if this is the result of some lawyer or politician being an over-achiever or something far more ominous. Nonetheless, I don't like it: If you want a city job in Bozeman, Montana, be it a librarian, a lifeguard, a county clerk, or something further up the pay scale, in order to pass the back ground check you need to fork over what I think is too much privacy. ** The Powers That Be are insisting that job applicants cough up their user-names and passwords for any social networking sites or online forums in which they participate. Reason: background checks. That goes for websites including but not limited to MyLot, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, MySpace, any website where information is exchanged of any nature. ** They don't want the information on these websites because you are accessing them at work. If you access them anywhere, they want that information. Handing over this information violates 'terms of use' contracts of many websites as well. ** More Information (The comments are insightful) http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/42819?page=1
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I'd have probably made up a few fakes just to make it look good, lol. They wouldn't get my main account information.
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• United States
19 Jun 09
yah make up some that arent the real usernames and passwords, or dont tell them you have some.! thats weird.
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• United States
20 Jun 09
I know, it's not like your using your real name...unless your mother was so major into carrots...and mine was so crafty...
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• United States
20 Jun 09
I would be outraged at this too. This is my private life you are asking to access, something that has nothing to do with any of the positions that you mentioned. I could somewhat see if they just asked for the profile/user name. They can look at that and see what you have been up to in most places. But why pray tell do I need to give you my password? If they don't want a person to access these websites from work, they can just block them on their internet, simple as that. This is an invasion of privacy, and I hope that it doesn't catch on to other states.
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• United States
20 Jun 09
Even the military has the right to "don't ask, don't tell," this stupid rule is taking that don't ask don't tell away. * People use monikers to let off steam anonymously. Provided they do so while not using photographs or their real, identifiable names, places or such, they should be able to do so. * An example: "I'm Doobiewoobie, I work in retail somewhere in Florida. My boss is a weenie." Instead of an identifiable photo of his/herself, he/she uses a lolcat to ID his/herself. Then 'Doobiewoobie' goes on to rant about her craptastic day at work. This rule muzzles poor 'Doobiewoobie'. This can have nasty consequences to both 'Doobiewoobie's mental/emotional health and the people around him/her.
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