Want a job? Hand over your Facebook credentialsMikey 6 comments
File this one under dumb-arsery if you please. If you're applying for a job with the City of Bozeman, they want to make sure you're a person of good character. No problem so far, but apparently your references and past good work aren't enough, because the city wants you to include your usernames and passwords of any social networking accounts you have. Dead - set serious.
From the application form:
"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."
...followed by 3 lines where the applicant is asked to provide their usernames and passwords.
Attorney Greg Sullivan says the site "takes privacy rights very seriously", but somehow I think he doesn't understand what privacy actually means. Said Sullivan:
"...we do those types of investigations to make sure the people that we hire have the highest moral character and are a good fit for the City"
Sullivan doesn't sound like a very good lawyer. Any first year law student would know - after 15 minutes of research - that most social networking sites including Facebook prohibit the sharing of passwords.
If this sort of crap starts happening in Australia, I'm moving to Mexico.