State Backs Off Demand that Applicants Be its Facebook Friend

State Backs Off Demand that Applicants Be its Facebook Friend

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has backed off of its policy to demand that applicants and employees returning from leave reveal their facebeook ids and passwords.  The American Civil Liberties Union got involved, and sent a letter a month ago to the Secretary of the Department, detailing the unwarranted privacy implications of the policy.  An employee returning to work after leave was instructed that the department would need unfettered access to his account for up to two months.

The Washington Post reported that the policy will be suspended for 45 days, pending review.  Although its first accounts stated that the policy helped to determine if potential employees were involved in gang activity, a source for the Post said that the facebook screening was unrelated to the gang tie issue.

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