The Future of Security Clearance Investigations?
A CBS News article looks at what is required if you want to apply for a job with the City of Bozeman, Montana.
If you want the job you will need to hand over your usernames and passwords for “…any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.”
“I think its indefensibly invasive and likely illegal as a violation of the First Amendment rights of job applicants,” said Kevin Bankston, an EFF attorney. “I don’t think the government can condition your application for employment on your giving up your First Amendment rights and your Fourth Amendment rights,” Bankston said.
However, some social networking sites flatly prohibit disclosure of passwords.Â Facebook’s terms of service, say: “You will not share your password (or) let anyone else access your account.”
Update: City of Bozeman has decided it will no longer ask job applicants for social networking user names and passwords following a worldwide outrage to the hiring policy.